Contrary to acute scarcity of the past months, the price of onions has dropped considerably in major markets in Enugu.
A market survey conducted by newsmen on Monday showed that a bag of onions now sells for between N58, 000 and N65, 000 as against N70,000 and N80,500 some months back.
Joe Ilora, an onions trader at the New Akwata in Garki Market, attributed the reduction in prices to an increased number of stored onions brought from the northern part of the country.
“Due to the increased number of onions brought in from the north, the scarcity of onions is now a thing of the past.
“Places like Sokoto, Kano and Jos, where we buy them from are now experiencing surplus,’’ Mr. Ilora said.
Clara Eze, another onions trader at Garki market, said that the price of onions would further drop as its season of abundance was gradually getting closer.
Dan Ugwu, also an onions seller, also blamed the high costs of months back to an increased logistics charges like land charges, transportation and money paid to truck pushers.
He urged the government to build storage facilities for traders to preserve perishable items such as onions so that it would be available all-year.
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