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Basket Of Tomato Hits N58,000 In Kwara



Residents and marketers on Sunday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, were shocked by a sudden increase in the price of tomato.

Mrs Abdullahi Latifat, while speaking with our correspondent about the development at Mandate Market, said the situation was beyond what the family could bear.

“Last week, the smallest bowl of tomatoes was sold for around N300 but now it’s N1,000. A big basket that used to sell for around N20,000 has shot to between N57,000 and N58,000.

Reports shows that a small basketball of tomatoes was sold for N17,000 as against N4,000 before the Eid-el-Fitr and around N10,000 during and after the Eid.

Mrs Arinola said she had to reprioritise her budget when she came to the market because of the ‘skyrocketing’ price of the commodity.

A seller, Malam Hanas, said the price hike was because the season is gradually going, adding that it might get worse from Monday (today).

On his part, another seller, Mallam Surajdeen, said a small basketball that used to sell for around N1,000 is now N4,000 and more.

He said the situation, which they are helpless about, has affected sales.


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