YOLA – Following the commencement of this years’ Muslim Ramadan fast, the price of foodstuffs had risen sharply in Yola, Adamawa.
A market survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Jimeta Central Market revealed that a 50kg bag of foreign rice had increased from N7,500 to N8,600.
Similarly, a 50kg bag of beans which selling for N12,000, now cost N13,500.
Reacting to the development, Alhaji Ahmadu Bobboi, the state chairman, Foodstuffs and Grains Dealers association, attributed the price increase to high demand and short in supply.
Bobboi said a 50kg bag of maize that was sold at N6,000 is now going for N8,000.
“The price of a 50kg bag of groundnut has also increased to N23,000 as against N16,000 just few days before the commencement of the Ramadan fasting,’ Bobboi said.
However, Mr Silvanus Dimas, a provision trader at the market, also told NAN that the price of 50kg bag of sugar had remained at N6,800.
“But big peak milk tin is now sold N4,800 as against N4,300, while the medium size of the peak milk is sold between N1,900 and N2,000,” Dimas said.
Dimas said big Nido milk now cost N5,200 as against N4,800, while the biggest size of Bournvita and Overtine tins go for N2,000 and N1,700, respectively, as against N1,700 per tin.
Malam Haruna Kawu, a chicken dealer, also told NAN that the price of poultry products had increased as a cock now cost between N2,800 and N3,500, as against N2,500, depending on the size.
He said a big Turkey is now selling between N7,000 and N10,000 compared to about N5,500.
Similarly, the price of vegetables had soared by about 100 per cent.
Alhaji Adamu Dan-Wanzam, the state Chairman of perishable dealers association, told NAN that a basket of tomato which cost N3,500, four days ago, now go for N8,000.
“A sack of pepper is now sold N13,000 as against N5,000 just four days ago,” Dan-Wanzam said.
However, he said that the price of Onion had remained stable at N6,000 per sack . (NAN)