BusinessNewsNigeriaPrices of Garri Skyrockets By Almost 50% In Enugu

Prices of staple foods in Nigeria have witnessed a sharp increase in recent weeks including cassava flakes (garri), which recorded a more than 50 percent increase in the Enugu metropolis due to economic hardship in the country.

Reports from the market show that the current price of a bag of the produce is N29,000 as against N18,500 sold in January while a cup of garri, which was N120 in January, now sells for N150 while a 5-liter painter bucket is sold for between N2,200 and N2,700.

Mrs. Bridget Ugwu, a garri seller at New Market Enugu, said that the only way to bring down the high cost of care is to stop the exportation of the produce to other countries and secure farmlands.

According to Ugwu, the exportation of the commodity had affected the availability of the produce in the country.

A rice seller, Mr. Ochuba Ozor, at Mayor Market, said that the traffic of buyers of foodstuffs in his shop had reduced since prices of every item increased, noting that the high cost of the commodity would persist unless the government takes urgent steps to address food insecurity.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)
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