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Prices of onions drop in Enugu


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The price of onions has dropped considerably in major markets in Enugu, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

A market survey conducted by NAN on Monday showed that a bag of onions now sells for between N58, 000 and N65, 000 as against N70,000 and N80,500 some months back.

Joe Ilora, an onions trader at the New Akwata in Garki Market, attributed the reduction in prices to increased number of stored onions brought from the northern part of the country.

“Due to the increased number of onions brought in from the north, the scarcity of onions is now a thing of the past.

“Places like Sokoto, Kano and Jos, where we buy them from are now experiencing surplus,’’ Ilora said.

Clara Eze, another onions trader at Garki market, said that the price of onions would further drop as its season of abundance was gradually getting closer.

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Dan Ugwu, also an onions seller, also blamed the high costs of months back to increased logistics charges like land charges, transportation and money paid to truck pushers.

He urged government to build storage facilities for traders to preserve perishable items such as onions so that it would be available all-year.


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