Prices of tomatoes, maize, other food items hit all-time high in Lagos due to scarcity

Prices of tomatoes, maize, other food items hit all-time high in Lagos due to scarcity

- Nigerians living in Lagos are experiencing food scarcity which has made prices of major food items increase significantly

- Chicken, turkey, tomatoes, melon and maize are some of the food items that surged

- A big bag of yellow maize that was being sold for N17,667 is now sold for N20,167

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Prices of major food items have increased significantly across major markets in Lagos state due to low harvest and scarcity.

Nairametrics reports that some of these items that increased in price as a result of the scarcity include chicken, turkey, tomatoes, melon and maize.

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A carton of turkey that was being sold for N17,333 in September 2020, is now sold for N18,333.

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Due to scarcity, a carton of full chicken that was sold for N14,000 two weeks ago now sells for N14,500.

A big bag of yellow maize was previously sold for N17,667, but the price is now N20,167. While a bag of white maize that was sold for N17,000 now sells for N20,000.

A big bag of pepper is being sold for N17,000, while a medium-sized bag sells for N9,000.

A big basket of oval-shaped tomatoes that was being sold for N16,000 now sells for N17,000 at Mile-12 market.

Market Survey: Price of tomatoes, maize, and melon spikes, as scarcity hits Lagos markets
The prices of food items increased in Lagos due to scarcity. Photo credit: SustyVibes
Source: UGC

In September 2020, a big bag of melon was sold for N38,000, but it is now sold for N46,500.

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In similar news, a report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed that some states in Nigeria are facing food insecurity as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.

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The NBS stated that food insecurity is prevalent in Rivers state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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