Tomato price re­mains high in Katsina

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - From Idris Mah­mud, Katsina

Tomato farm­ers in Katsina state have made for­tunes in the just con­cluded Sal­lah cel­e­bra­tions.

Nat­u­rally, ev­ery year there seems to be an in­crease in the prices of cer­tain com­modi­ties in the mar­kets due to the fes­ti­val, and this year the price of small bas­ket of fresh tomato sky­rock­eted to N2,000 from N500 in Fun­tua and Sheme mar­kets.

Ali Bello,28, is a tomato trader in Fun­tua mar­ket who said if not for the Sal­lah fes­tiv­ity last week , it will be hard for them to make such a brisk busi­ness in the rainy sea­son.

“Nor­mally tomato is ex­pen­sive in the dry sea­son when we are trans­port­ing it to the south, but in this sea­son its de­mand and price are low; this Eid-el- kabir has in­deed changed the trend due to the high de­mand by con­sumers where we sold a small bas­ket at the rate of N2,000 in­stead of N500 a week be­fore Sal­lah.” said Ali Bello.

He added that the de­vel­op­ment was purely in con­nec­tion with the Sal­lah cel­e­bra­tion as tomato was suf­fi­ciently avail­able in the mar­kets.

A tomato farmer from Mairuwa, Mal Saleh Abdu said they have made a lot of money last week un­like in the last fast­ing and Sal­lah pe­ri­ods when the com­mod­ity was com­pletely scarce, a sit­u­a­tion that made the con­sumers to re­sort to the use of dried tomato.

Ab­dul­rah­man Shehu Tsafe said he was not happy with the way traders and some­times farm­ers are ex­ploit­ing con­sumers dur­ing fes­tive pe­ri­ods.

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