Prices of foodstuff such as rice, beans and groundnut oil have remained stable in most markets in Benin City, the Edo state capital during the Easter festivities.
A survey at the popular New Benin, Oba, Uselu, Ekiosa and Lagos markets revealed that a basket of tomatoes sold for about N6, 000 depending on the freshness and the specie of the tomato.
Also, a basket of rice goes for N1, 000 while a peak milk cup goes for a N100, just as a kilogramme of frozen chicken is sold for N1, 500, frozen turkey cost N1, 600 while the price of a live chicken cost between N4, 000 and N5, 000 depending on the size.
A five-litre gallon of palm-oil goes for between N2, 000 and N2, 500, five litres of vegetable oil costs N2, 500 while a paint measure of garri goes for N350. But, the price of a medium-sized yam tuber had also increased from N300 to between N400 and N500.
Some traders attributed the price increase to the festive season and high cost of transportation.
A tomatoes seller, Madam Iyore Ugbede, disclosed that prices of perishable food items, especially tomatoes was relatively cheap and stable despite the fact that it was their off-season.
“Am surprised that the price of tomatoes did not increase this year. The sales are moving, but not like Christmas sales. People buy more during Christmas season than Easter celebrations,” she said.
Similarly, a meat seller, David Ita, attributed the availability of agricultural products in the market to improvement of agriculture in the country. He explained that the agricultural status of the country had improved, adding that Nigeria has more farmers compared to other countries.