Ramadan: Prices of foodstuffs Increase in Ile Ife
NEWS DIGEST – As the annual Muslim fasting period otherwise known as Ramadan started yesterday,The NEWS DIGEST has learnt that prices of foodstuffs have in increased in Ile Ife, Osun State.
Our correspondent who visited Sabo, Mayfair, and Lagere markets in the ancient city on Saturday, gathered that the increase affected foods like Maize, Beans, Groundnut Oil, Palm Oil, Fish and Egusi, and Onions.
“The prices of some of these foodstuffs has doubled since Ramadan was drawing closer”, a trader who identified herself as Iya Akeem said.
For instance, a Congo of Egusi has increased from N1,000 to 1,500. Our survey further shows that a Congo of Maize which previously sold at N150 now attracts N220 while a Congo of Beans has increased from N500 to N800.
Also, a 25 litres of Palm oil has increased from N7,500 to N9,000 and a 25 litres of Groundnut Oil formerly sold at N11,500 now attracts N14,000.
Also, a carton of Titus fish formerly sold at N13,500 has increased to N17,000 and Shawa fish now cost N11,000 from N9,000 per carton.
However, the sellers told our correspondent that the increment in foodstuffs is connected to the fasting as many houses now demand for more.
Aisha Lawal, a trader at Sabo market said: “it is expected to have increment in the price of Maize and Beans even if other foodstuffs do not increase. People make ‘Ogi’ and ‘Eko’ often this Ramadan period because they are used for different local meal”
The head of market women in Mayfair who identified herself as Mrs Sikirat advised that Government should concentrate more on Agricultural sector to enable fixed price for foodstuffs regardless of any festive period.
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