Cost of Living: 130,900 Households Spend 50% on Food

7 years, 10 months ago - September 27, 2013
130,900 households spend more than 50% of their income on food, Statistics Mauritius reveals in its report entitled 'Quality of life & sustainable development indicators' published last week. This demonstrates the depletion of a certain layer of society highlight observers.

Of 362 600 households registered 130,600 families, or just over 36% devote more than half of their wages to purchase food. These data challenge many. "It shows that the 'food inflation' affects one third of households in Mauritius and those at the bottom suffer greatly with the movements of commodity prices," says Swadicq Nuthay economist.

These figures, he added, also show that there is a "loss of a certain segment of society." "As the country imports almost everything it consumes, we are exposed to several variables including commodity prices and the movement of the exchange rate," says the economist.

Another observation: the wages paid are far from sufficient. "Mauritians give much of their income on food and have less money to spend for other expenditures such as health, for example. This is very disturbing! , "Suggests Dr. Pramode Jaddoo economist. For him, these data also demonstrate that Mauritians living in a "society of mass consumption."

"People use a lot of disposable products and products 'take away', but not necessarily at low prices. So that consumption per family member per household increases, "says Pramode Jaddoo. Hence his recommendation: "It is necessary that Mauritians eat more at home. What will be their less expensive and which will be beneficial for their health because they can make balanced meals. You need to consume useful and intelligent on all food products. "

It also goes without saying that the gap between rich and poor is widening. The Gini coefficient, which measures the gap between rich and poor, amounted to 0,413 in 2012 against 0,388 in 2006/2007. "This confirms the depletion of 'low income earners'" says Swadicq Nuthay.

 

Biens ménagers : Ce que possèdent les Mauriciens
Pourcentage de ménages possédant...20112012
une maison88.8-
une télévision 96.097.3
un réfrigérateur92.193.7
un lave-linge69.671.6
une micro-onde/four-60.1
un ‘vaccum cleaner’-16.5
un téléphone fixe69.167.2
un téléphone mobile88.191.1
un ordinateur personnel37.543.2

 

 

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