Enuguâ€”Prices of staples have continued to rise in Enugu and environs as the 2010 planting season comes to an end, forcing many residents to seek alternative means of survival.
A survey conducted, yesterday, showed that prices of fresh tomatoes, yams, cocoa yams, garri, pepper, onions, fish and okro had gone beyond the reach of the poor.
Chinenye Ezeani, a tomato and pepper dealer at Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, said it was a normal development for prices of perishable items like tomatoes and pepper to increase during the rainy season.
â€œThis year is exceptional because since the past two months, a basket of tomatoes that usually cost between N3,000 and N4,000 now sells for between N10,000 and N12,000 depending on the specie,â€™â€™ she said.
She noted that the situation was adversely affecting sellers more than buyers because the number of baskets she sold daily had reduced.