In Nigeria, the high cost of onions has been attributed to various factors which affected the production of the vegetable in 2020. A survey conducted at some markets in Bauchi metropolis revealed that unlike last year, small sized onions are selling for N200 (€0.44) at this point in time.
A bag of onions is sold at N75,000 at the Muda Lawal Market, which supplies other markets in the metropolis, compared to N8,000; the price of a bag just before Christmas 2019.
Chairman of the onions, pepper and tomatoes traders at the market, Alhaji Maigambai, attributes the high cost of the commodity to heavy rainfalls and the high cost of fertilizer. He states that the production of onions was hampered by heavy rainfalls witnessed in Bauchi State and most parts of the North this year. “The high cost of onions in Nigeria today is as a result of some factors. One of such is the high rainfalls witnessed this year in the state and in fact, the North in general. Onions do not like high rains or too much water to grow. Many onion farmers’ yield this year is affected by the rains. Some farmers that used to harvest like 100 bags of onions ended up harvesting 20, 30 bags.”
The state government had informed that flood disasters in the state this year led to the destruction of 3,500 houses and over 2,190 farmlands worth N950 million in 16 out of the 20 local government areas of the state.
[ N100 = €0.22 ]