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Prices of vegetables go up

02 June 2013, 08:06

Abuja - A survey conducted at Wuse, Garki and Utako markets in Abuja on Saturday showed that price of onions, carrot, cabbage, pumpkin leaves, green beans and tomatoes had increased.

The survey by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) showed that a basket of tomatoes which formerly sold for N600 is now being sold for N1 000 in Garki market while it goes for N1 200 at Wuse market.

Malam Yunusa Musa who sells carrot, cabbage and green beans in Wuse Market said the increase was due to the rainy season as the crops yielded more in dry season.

According to him, when the rain falls, it washes away the crops resulting in low produce and scarcity.

Mohammed Mai-gari, an onion seller in Utako market, told NAN that the increase in the price of onion was outrageous since the rain started.

"Onions which formerly sold for N100 is now sold for N200. This is because onion is mostly cultivated during the dry season through irrigation farming.

"But when the rain comes, it washes away the soil and the crops,” Mai-gari said.

Another trader in Garki Market, Mrs Christiana Okoh, said the rain had affected the output of pumpkin leaves.

She said that after the rainy season, the commodity would be available at affordable price.

According to Okoh, sizeable pumpkin leaves sold for N100 but the quantity has reduced.

A vegetable consumer, Janet Ukachukwu, decried the increase in the prices of vegetables.

"The increase in these prices is really disheartening; because it is still the same salary we are receiving in spite of the hike in prices.

"The money I will use to cook two pots of stew can’t even cook one at present; this is why I am now using tomato paste.

However, Alhaji Dogo Sani, said his chicken business had witnessed a down turn in the recent time due to the economic situation of the country.

"I am now selling at a loss, the chicken I used to sell for N1 800 is now being sold for N1 300, “ he said.

He advised the Federal Government to put in place an enabling economic policy that would improve the economy of the nation.



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