Prices of tomatoes, onions skyrocket in Enugu

The prices of tomatoes and onions have significantly increased in major markets around the Enugu metropolis.

A market survey on Thursday reveals that prices of both commodities have increased when compared to a few weeks back, Daily Nigerian reports.

Prices of tomatoes, onions skyrocket in Enugu

The price of a big basket of tomatoes sells for between N15,000 and N17,500 as against N9,000 and N12,000 depending on the species.

The price of a small basket of tomatoes now cost between N10,000 and N13,500.

A tomato seller at new Akwata Market, Garki, Enugu, Mrs Ego Madu, attributed the increase in the price of tomatoes to insufficient supply of the commodity from the Northern part of the country.

“The UTC specie that comes from Jos, which is supposed to have reduced in price from October is still scarce and expensive,” Madu explained.

According to her, as at October 2019, the UTC specie was sold for between N9,000 and N10,500; while the other specie from Benue was sold for between N6,500 and N8,000.

Mrs Tochi Ezema, another tomato trader at Garki market, said the prices might not reduce if the insufficiency in supply of the commodity continued, even as its season of abundance was gradually getting nearer.

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