Ondo traders, residents bemoan high cost of Onions

Written by on November 13, 2020

Traders in Ondo state have attributed the scarcity of a household food ingredient, Onions, to incessant flooding in the northerner part of the country.
According to them, the flood washed away most of the crops which has translated to the high cost of available crops.
The price of household food items has recorded tremendous spike in recent weeks, with consumers and households particularly complaining about the price of onions, which they now call the new gold.
Onion is one of the most commonly consumed vegetable crops in the world and widely eaten in Nigeria, as there is hardly a local Nigerian dish that does not require the use of onions in its preparation.
In nigeria, onion is grown mostly in northern states like Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Sokoto, Plateau, Bauchi and Kebbi states.
The persistent increase and scarcity of onions in major markets has become a rather interesting topic in recent times as the price of a big bag of dry onions sells for an average of #70,000.
A trader, Adeola Babajide described the development as worrisome. 
Another trader, Usman Danladi said though the price of onions might be high, most traders are still able to cater for the needs of their customers with regards to their purchasing capacity. 
Danladi said the traders themselves are not happy with the high cost as it translates to little or no gain for them. 
There are beliefs that sustained increase in the price of onions will most likely affect Nigerians during the yuletide as onions is a commonly used vegetable in preparing most of the Nigerian and international delicacies during the period.


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