Russia remembers lentil soup – for good reason

The study of the company “Rate & Goods” shows that in the year – from last October to this year – the demand for lentils in Russia increased by 27.8 percent.

Sesame (20 percent growth) and whole wheat (14.2 percent) also bought more.

However, the sale of buckwheat decreased by 4 percent, and pearl millet – by 17.3 percent. No one is surprised, because things in this category have become more expensive. And cheaper lentils are suitable for making porridge, soups and side dishes.

According to Roman Maister, General Director of “Tarif & Goods”, it has been observed in the first month in the country that citizens reduce spending on all categories of food products.

“In some cases, they choose products from the cheapest brands, in other cases, they use less of certain products and look for substitutes. And traders quickly react to changes and, when demand increases, prices increase”, said the expert.

It will be seen that dear year in Russia should not smell much, because last year the inflation rate reached 4.3 percent, and this year it fell to 2.4 percent. Prices are expected to rise by a maximum of 2.8 percent in the year, while food prices (excluding beverages) are expected to rise by only 1.3 percent.

Why did Russians start saving at the expense of food? “Most prices, especially for the poor, change at a different speed,” Vitaly Golovachiov, who headed the economic department of the newspaper “Trud” for several years, assured.

According to him, official statistics are not falsified, only intelligent methodology is used to create the best indicators. At that time, after analyzing the prices of not all buyers’ baskets compiled by the Russian Statistical Service, but only the most important and daily prices that were purchased, the reality became even sadder. Especially if you consider a specific area.

For example, the price of beef in the country increased by 4.6 percent during the year. But in the Murmansk region – as much as 14.6 percent, in Stavropol, Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo, Omsk and some other regions – 10-19 percent.

The same goes for chicken, which is the most purchased meat product.

In Irkutsk, prices increased by 17.4 percent, in Transbaikalia, Orlov, Murmansk and Yaroslavl – by 12-15 percent. And statisticians announced that the average was only 5.9 percent.

Pearls and oat groats are on average a quarter more expensive, but in some areas – up to 40 percent. The price of buckwheat is very popular in Russia, if we believe the official statistics, it changed a little, but in every fourth district it increased by as much as 20-40 percent.

Pasteurized milk rose in price on average 7.4 percent per year, but in Astrakhan Oblast – by 27 percent. There, butter prices also rose by a quarter, despite a 10.88 percent increase across Russia.

Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development predicts that wages in the country will grow by 1.5 percent this year, while real incomes will grow by just 0.1 percent.

Therefore, it is easy to understand why buyers choose lenses before they become more expensive.

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