Ahead of this year's Christmas celebration, prices of tomatoes and pepper have reduced by 55 per cent in most Lagos markets, a survey has showed.
Tomatoes And Pepper Prices Fall Drastically Across Lagos Markets
At Mile 12 and Iddo markets, a basket of tomatoes which previously cost N9,000 now sells for N5,000, while tatashe and chilli pepper cost N4, 500 and N4,000 respectively, as against N8,000 in November.
A jute bag of Onions sells for N17, 000 as against N28, 000, while a paint measurement of garri costs N650.
The spokesperson, Mile 12 Traders Association, Mr. Femi Odusanya, said that the prices dropped due to massive harvest of the items for the Yuletide season.
He said, “Most farmers are harvesting their produce now leading to surplus and drop in prices of the items in the market.
“Our appeal to government is to mop up the excesses through preservation because prices will further drop until April when the produce will not be in season.
“We do not want a repeat of previous experience that we had much food waste due to our inability to preserve the excesses.”
Odusanya urged government to take pragmatic steps that would encourage farmers to increase their outputs to boost food sufficiency in the country.