By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The prices of grains and other food items are going up in Kasuwar Tudun Saibu in Soba Local Government’ Area of Kaduna State.
Alhaji Usman Dan Asabe the Sarkin Kasuwar Tudun Saibu told New Nigerian Online that on Dec 31, 2020 which was the last market day, a 100kg bag of maize was sold at N14,000 but the price has increased to N17,000.
He added that a 100kg bag of millet was N18,000 but it has increased to N20,000; a 100kg bag of Soya beans was N18,000 but now N22,000 and beans (cowpea)/was sold at N30 000 against N23, 500.
According to him, last year the highest cost of a 100kg bag of maize was N20, 000 adding that nobody can predict the price in few months to come.
Dan Asabe said many merchants were hoarding the commodity now adding that the market attracts merchants from Niger Republic Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna among others.
He said Tudun Saibu Market is one of the major grains market in Kaduna State and it receives grains and other commodities from Kinkiba, Pambeguwa, Ricifa, Soba, Ikara among other communities.
He attributed the high cost of grains to the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and abrupt seizure of rainfall which negatively affected food production in the area.
The Sarkin Kasuwa urged government to support farmers for dry season farming with tools and equipment to reduce high cost of grains and enhance food security.
Also in an interview with Alhaji Garba Alhassan, he said prices of vegetables have dropped in the market.
Alhassan said a big basket of tomotoes was N2,000, 50kg bag pepper (atarugu) N4,000 and 100kg bag of onion is now N15,000.