Prices of foodstuff high, vegetables low in Katsina markets
In Katsina State, a survey conducted by our source at grains markets in Katsina, Daura, Kankia and Malumfashi, shows that the prices of maize, millet, guinea corn, beans and local rice have gone down.
Prices of vegetables such as tomato, onion and pepper have however gone up when compared to the prices in October.
The survey showed that one bag of maize, which was sold between N19,000 and N20,000 before, has come down; as it is sold between N13,000 and N15,000.
A bag of guinea corn sold previously between N20,000 and N18,000, now costs N14,000 to N16,000.
A bag of beans, which costs N24,000 to N25,000 before, is now sold between N23,000 and N22,000 while a bag of millet has gone down from N18,000 to N16,000 and N13,000.
Also, a 100kg of local rice which costs N45,000 in October, now costs about N40,000 to N35,000.
However, a bag of pepper, which cost N14,000 before is now sold at N17,000, while a big basket of tomato, which costs N3,000 to N2,500 before, now costs N8,000 to N10,000.
Price of a small basket of tomato has gone up between N3,000 and N4,000, from the old price of N700 and N900.
Not surprisingly, onion price is also very high in the state, as a bag now costs N50,000, as against the former price of N20,000 while a 50 kg bag of pepper, which costs N5,000 before, now costs about N9,000.
Malam Ibrahim Idris, a vegetable dealer, attributed the rise in prices to flooding, but expressed the hope that prices might come down if irrigation farmers recorded bumper harvest.