The price of fresh tomatoes and yam has continued to fall in Mile 12 Market in recent times, traders told Sunday Telegraph on Thursday.
The traders attributed the fall in the price of fresh tomatoes to importation of the produce from Ghana and Cameroon and other neighbouring countries.
A trader in the market, Mr. Suraju Muhamed who is a fresh tomato dealer, said that they import tomato from Ghana, Cameroon, even as they also source the produce from Kano and Oyo state.
He said for the Ghana verity of tomato, “we have the long one which goes for N6,500 or N7,000 for one basket while the bigger size of it goes for N12,000 per basket. Two basket of Ghana tomatoes is one basket of Kano tomatoes and a basket of Kano tomatoes goes for N15, 000, N14, 000 and N13,000 respectively.”
He said these prices are low compared to they were about two months ago when they were selling at N20, 000, N22, 000 and N25, 000 respectively.
According to him, for those who cannot afford to buy the ones of bigger amount, they also have the ones they sell N3, 000 or N3, 500 per basket. He stated that the reason for the reduction in the price was because of increased supply unlike two months ago when it was coming from Kano State only.
The current market price of oil according to Ayubah Muhamed who is a dealer in Vegetable oil and Palm oil in Mile 12 Market, said they sell 30 liters of Vegetable oil at N11, 000. He also said that 10 liters of vegetable oil is sold at N5, 200, 5 liters N2, 000 while two and half liters goes for N1000. He said five liters of Palm oil sells at N1, 800 while the one liter was selling at N350.
Mr. Samuel Ibrahim who is a whole seller on yam in Mile 12 talked about the prices of tow verities of yams he had in stock, the first one was ‘Efu’ yam while the second one was ‘Mumuye’ yam. According to him, Efu yam sold at the rate of N35, 000 N45, 000 and N50, 000 respectively for 100 pieces depending on the size of the yam while Mumuye yam goes for N33, 000, N45, 000 and N50, 000 respectively and the price is determined by the size. One yam sold at the rate of N330, N450, and N500.
Meanwhile, the price of Onions in the market, according to Muhammed Ishmila, sold at N17, 000 per 100kg, for old onions while the new onions were selling at the rate of N11, 000.
Speaking with Mr. Emeka Nwigbo who is a beans dealer in the market said that the price of beans increased a little this week as 50kg of beans is now sold at N21, 000 instead of 20,000. He said that the price increase because of the recent scarcity of beans in the market.