A soaring demand, flooding and a poor storage situation seem to be the main causes of the skyrocketing price of onions in Nigeria. Nigerian households now have to dig deeper into their pockets to buy onions. Consumers have taken to social media to trade complaints about the surging prices, comparing price rates in different regions of the country. The price of a bag of onions has shot up by nearly 200 per cent.
Prices vary in different regions depending on the availability of onions. “The price of onions is usually higher this time of the year, November to December because this is the time when farmers grow this crop,” said one onion trader. “A bag of onions sold at the rate N18,000 before is now sold for N58,000.”
One consumer added: “ The government should try to find a solution to this inflation and make the crop available to the people. During the autumn months, onions are usually very scarce and the ones you can see are always very high and our government is not even making any plans in providing any storage facilities for the produce to be available all year round.”
In Nigeria, onions are grown mainly in the northern part of the country, namely Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Jigawa, Plateau, Bauchi and Kebbi.
[ N100=€0,22 ]