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Monday, 1 August 2016

Good News: Tomato Price Crashes From N25,000 To N800 Per Basket

Months ago, the price of tomatoes hit the roof across Nigeria as a result of scarcity caused by tuta absoluta, also known as “tomato ebola”. 

Tuta absoluta affected the crop in most parts of the north-west, notably Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina and Kano states. As a result, the basket prices jumped from the range of N800-N1200 to between N25,000 and N40,000 at the height of the crisis.

The good news is, a small basket of tomato, which sold for N25,000 in May, now sells for N800 at Line Dogo (Rail Line) tomatoes and vegetable market in Kaduna.

The chairman of tomato sellers in the market, Abass Mai Tumatur told newsmen that it is a “pleasant relief” for everyone, as tomato is now available and in large quantities. He added that rainfall coupled with government efforts have helped tremendously in making tomato available.

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