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Food prices remain stable in Makurdi

27 September 2012, 11:40

Makurdi - Prices of food items in Makurdi, Benue, have remained stable in spite of the massive destruction of farmlands and access roads to rural areas caused by the recent flood.

Investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Wednesday shows that several farmlands across the state have been washed away by the flood and this is creating anxiety over possible food shortages.

The survey also showed that one 50 kg bag of rice which sold between N10 000 and N12 000 before the flooding, still remained the same.

The prices of other commodities such as maize, guinea corn, and gari were equally not affected by the flood disaster.

A cross section of traders told NAN that the price stability was because they had alternative sources where the commodities were bought.

They, however, complained of low sales.

Mr Umaru Suliman, a grains seller, said that the flood had affected some places where he used to buy the food items.

NAN, however, reports that the price of beans continued to rise.

The traders attributed the hike to the insurgency in some parts of the country, particularly, around Borno.

One of the customers, Dorcas Kulas, commended the traders for not increasing food prices in spite of the challenging situation in the state.



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