Traders of fresh foods in Enugu major markets has continued to lament of hike in the prices of fresh food especially onions
At the popular and ever-busy Garki, ogbete and akwata Markets, it was observed that almost all the tables in the markets were empty, and few sellers in the markets sale way above the original prices.
Following a survey conducted in enugu markets today, it was discovered that a basket of Onions sold at 16 thousand naira as at last week is now 30 thousand naira, and basket of tomatoes 25 thousand naira and basket of peppers sold for at least 8 thousand last week is presently fifteen thousand naira.
It was gathered that leaders of the association of onion producers alongside some northern groups had issued a notice to ban the supply of onion and other fresh food to the south east.
In an interview with the chairman ogbete main market Enugu Mr Ezugwu Cosmos Ejike, he said though the and ban has not taken effect but traders are afraid sbd nurtures fears that the prices will escalate as soon as possible thereby hooding and hiking the prices of the ones they have already become necessary.
He called on Enugu fresh foods dealers to take this easy as all hand is deck to making sure the situation is solved.
“Though the ban of some fresh food especially onions from the north has not taken effect but traders are already having the fear that it might lead to the scarcity of onions soon and has taken the decision to hood their goods or hike the prices to await what happens next
“What we are assuring them is that everything will soon return to normal as we are still discussing and making plans on how to sustain the present situation” he said
Residents and consumers of this fresh foods are not left out as the they were all complaining of the hike in the prices of onions, tomatoes, pepper and other perishable things that come the north.
” I was in the market last week, and I saw onion everywhere but today, the case is different, i can hardly see onion to buy or even if i see, it is rather expensive.
“While will survive it all, not just onion that the price has increased, every other food stuffs has increased also ,I don’t know where we are heading to
This and more comment were coming from buyers who were seen in Enugu markets.
It was gathered that the price of onion might skyrocket again because of the ban