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Tomato price has gone high in Kano markets

Tomato price has gone high in Kano markets
A recent investigation by Daily Trust has revealed that the price of tomato in various markets across Kano State has gone high.

It was gathered that a basket that was sold at between N8000 and N9000 last week has risen to N12, 000. According to Malam Mansur Suleiman, a tomato agent at the Yankaba vegetable market, the current price is just the beginning of the increase as there is the tendency the price would continue to rise.
According to the chairman, Kano State chapter of the Tomato Out Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN) said the price increase resulted from  shortage of the produce in the state. He added that it has been the state’s tradition to experience shortage of tomato at similar periods because most farmers are preparing their lands for the wet-season farming and it is usual that tomato is not grown in most parts of the state during the rainy season.

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“With intervention from some experts, we are now holding talks with them on means of growing tomato during the wet-season and also on measures to increase production during that period. The price of tomato has to go high because we are coming to an end of the dry season when we plant tomatoes the most. We now receive supplies from Zaria and some parts of Jigawa State and that is not enough to satisfy demand for the produce in Kano,” he said.
Some consumers believe that the increase in price is as a result of the Ramadan, a claim the TOGAN leadership disputed.


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