Price of garri continues to soar in Enugu -Survey

Price of cassava flakes popularly called gari and regularly consumed by Nigerians have continued increase in Enugu State, the News of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN correspondent, conducted a market survey in Enugu on Friday, reports that the price of the staple food increased by 20 per cent between January and March, 2021.

NAN reports that a 4.5 liter bucket of the food item now sells for between 1,100 and 1,400 as against between 900 and N1,000 sold in January depending on the type.

A visit some markets in the state capital showed that a 4.5 liter paint bucket of white gari sold for 900 in January now went for between 1,100 and 1200.

At the Ogbete, Garki and New Markets, a paint bucket of white garri is sold for 1,100 while the yellow garri of the same bucket goes for 1,200.

But at the Artisan and New Haven markets, white garri paint bucket goes for N1,200 while the yellow is sold at N1,400.

Mr Boniface Ugwu, a garri trader at New Market said that garri price had remained high for some weeks now, blaming it on cassava off-season and also COVID-19 pandemic.

Ugwu said he not able to buy enough quantity of the to sell due to its price increase.

Mrs Azuka Madu, another garri seller at Garki Market said that a bag of white garri sold for N24,500 as against 17,000 while the yellow garri sold for N27,000 as against N22,500 sold in January.

Madu further said that a 4.5 litre bucket of the white garri which sold for N900 now goes for N1,100.

Another trader at Garki Market, Mrs Kaodili Ozor, said that the increment high compared to previous years.

“The price of garri increases at the beginning of January due to its gradual off-season but because of lockdown, many farmers did not plant and some planted few,” she said.

A cassava farmer, Mr Joseph Okeagu, blamed the dry season for the scarcity and increased price of the product to the dry season.

According to him, the dry season had made it difficult for farmers to harvest the crop because of the hardness of the ground.

“The soil is too hard to dig and if you succeed, the quantity harvested is small, so we have no choice than to increase the price to cover our expenses.

”There’s nothing we can do now than to wait for the rains,” he said.

Some of the consumers said that they had no choice than to buy it at that cost because other alternatives like fufu or ‘akpu’ were all product of cassava.

Mrs Ngozi Agu, a civil servant said that other ‘swallows’ like pounded yam, oatmeal, farina and Semovita were expensive and difficult to prepare.

According to her, it is easy to prepare gari as it takes little time and efforts but to make pounded yam and Semovita consumes more time. (NAN)