It was gathered the Prices of tomatoes, pepper and chilli pepper on Thursday soared by over 100 per cent in most markets in Lagos, according to a survey by newsmen reports. The survey showed that a big basket of tomatoes which previously sold for N7, 000 at the Mile 12, Iddo and Whitesand markets now sells for N15, 000.
A medium-sized basket of fresh pepper now sells for N10, 000.00, from N5,000.00, while a basket of chili pepper goes for N13, 000.00, as against the N5,500.00 it sold for in the preceding weeks.
A jute bag of onions goes for N12, 500.00 from N11, 000.00, while a 20-litre keg of vegetable oil goes for N6,100 as against N6,000 previously. A four-litre paint measurement of garri still sells for N300.
At the Daleko Market, Isolo, the prices of the various brands of a 50-kilogramme bag of rice ranges from N7, 000 to N12,000.
A 120 kilogramme bag of beans costs N24, 500.00, from the N22, 000 it sold for in the preceding weeks. The traders attributed the high cost of transportation to the lingering fuel scarcity and the rainy season, as reasons for the increase in the prices of food items.
Mr Emmanuel Abuchi, a beans seller, attributed the increase in the price of beans to the ongoing planting season. Farmers are not harvesting but planting now, and that is the reason why beans prices keep increasing in the market, Abuchi said. Mr Femi Odusanya, Spokesman of the Mile 12 Traders Association, said fuel scarcity had affected the movement and prices of goods to the Lagos market.