An analysis by DECO Protest of the values practiced reveals that the price of the basket of essential foodstuffs “costs 209.01 euros this week, 25.38 euros more than it cost on February 23” and 2.66 euros more than last week. last.
“Between February 23 and September 14, meat has already registered an increase of 18.64% (plus 6.01 euros)”, underlines DECO, adding that “a kilo of pork loin, chicken, chicken pork chops, pork loin chops, turkey steaks, beef for cooking and turkey leg” can now cost an average of 38.25 euros.
As for fish, the consumer protection association indicates that it “increased by 15.48% (9.33 euros more) in the same period”, with “only one kilo of salmon, hake, horse mackerel, swordfish” black, sea bass, sea bream, perch and cod, the consumer may now have to spend an average of 69.64 euros”.
The consumer protection association has been monitoring the prices of a basket of 63 essential food products every week that includes goods such as turkey, chicken, hake, horse mackerel, onions, potatoes, carrots, bananas, apples, oranges, rice, spaghetti, sugar. , ham, milk, cheese and butter.
This week, in the period between the 7th and 14th of September, the ten products with the highest price rises were “heart cabbage (up 13%), salmon (up 11%), cereals (up 11%), broccoli (plus 8%), carolino rice (plus 7%), red potatoes (plus 6%), courgettes (plus 5%), curly lettuce (plus 5%), ground roasted coffee (plus 5% ) and pork sausages (plus 5%)”.
Looking at the period since February 23 this year, DECO Proteste points out that all categories of food products registered price increases, with “meat (18.64% more) and fish (15.48% more) being the that stand out the most, but fruit and vegetables (14.10% more), grocery stores (10.55% more), dairy products (9.88% more) and frozen products (8.16% more) also have suffered increases”.
Additionally, the ten products that saw their price increase the most between February 23 and September 14 were broccoli (up 52%), kale (up 49%), fresh hake (up 32%), chicken (31% more), turkey steak (28% more), 100% vegetable cooking oil (27% more), ground roasted coffee (26% more), salmon (25% more), pork (24% more) and cake flour (24% more).
The association explains that this increase is due to the fact that Portugal is “highly dependent on external markets to guarantee the supply of cereals necessary for internal consumption”, which currently “represent only 3.5% of national agricultural production, especially corn (56% ), wheat (19%) and rice (16 percent)”.
“And if in the early 1990s self-sufficiency in cereals was around 50%, currently, the value does not exceed 19.4%, one of the lowest percentages in the world and which forces the country to import about 80% of cereals. that consumes”, adds DECO.
The organization clarifies that “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, where a large part of the cereals consumed in the European Union comes from, and in Portugal, has, therefore, put even more pressure on a sector for months grappling with the consequences of a pandemic and a drought with a strong impact on production and the creation of stocks”.
“The limitation of the supply of raw materials and the increase in production costs, namely energy, necessary for agri-food production, may, therefore, be reflected in an increase in prices on international markets and, consequently, in prices at the consumer”, he emphasizes.
In addition, he points out “the consecutive increases in consumer prices, namely in products such as fuel and food, are contributing to an increase in the rate of inflation”.
“According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), the inflation rate reached 9.1% in July this year. In August, according to INE estimates, it should have decelerated slightly to 8.97 percent”, he concludes.
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