Sokoto - As the Ramadan fast enters its sixth day, Muslims in Sokoto are continuing to experience increases in in the prices of foodstuffs.
A survey conducted in Sokoto on Tuesday showed that a bag of millet cost N 8,000 as against N6,000 before the fasting began, while bag of beans now sells for N18,000-- a jump from N13,000.
A bag of maize has aadded N2,000 to its former price of N4,000, while a bag of local rice has risen from N13,200 to N18,000.
However, the price of imported rice remained stable at between N9,200 and N8,500, depending on the brand.
It was also observed that prices of fruits have gone up because of the Ramadan season with a medium-sized water melon selling for between N600 and N800 as against N300 and N400 previously.
Pineapple sells at between N250 and N500, depending on the size.
Ali Tanko, a trader at the old Market Sokoto, said that a small pack of orange was on offer for between N500 and N 600, instead of N350.
He said a medium bunch of banana has almost doubled in price from N350 to N650, while smaller bunches cost from N350 to N500 as against N200, before the fasting period.
Bandado Kwanawa, a trader in Dange-Shuni Local Government, blamed the high cost of transportation and "the Nigerian factor" for the increases.
He said Nigerians always took advantage of any season to increase the prices of their wares.
He called on the Federal Government to accord more priority to agriculture to ensure massive food production in the country.
He said massive food production would bring down the high cost of foodstuffs in the country.
Malam Kabiru Isa, a trader at the Sokoto vegetable market, also attributed the increase to high cost of transportation.
“We are concerned about the general hardship the price increases have caused, but there is nothing we can do because we cannot afford to sell at a loss", he said.