Increases in the prices of basic food items continued for the 17th consecutive month, prompting the Food inflation to hit 20.6 per cent in January, the highest since September 2019.
Consequently, the nation’s annual inflation rate also rose for the 17th consecutive months to 16.47 percent in January representing 0.71 percentage point increase from 15.8 percent in December 2020.
This was revealed by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS in its Consumer Price Index (CPI) Report for January 2021 released yesterday.
NBS noted that the rise in the food inflation was caused by increases in prices of bread and cereals, potatoes, yam and other tubers, meat, fruits, vegetables, fish and oils and fats.
This upward trend in food prices, according to analysts, will persist due to the insecurity in the country and the approaching planting season.
The NBS stated: “The consumer price index, (CPI) which measures inflation increased by 16.47 percent (year-on-year) in January 2021. This is 0.71 percent points higher than the rate recorded in December 2020 (15.75 percent). Increases were recorded in all COICOP divisions that yielded the Headline index.
“On a month-on-month basis, the Headline index increased by 1.49 percent in January 2021. This is 0.12percentage points lower than the rate recorded in December 2020 (1.61 percent).”
On the food inflation, the NBS stated: “The composite food index rose by 20.57 percent in January 2021 compared to 19.56 percent in December 2020.
“This rise in the food index was caused by increases in prices of Bread and cereals, Potatoes, Yam and other.