The recent decision by onion producers in the northern part of the country to cut supply to the entire south has led to a sharp rise in the price of the commodity in the southwestern Kwara State. This means that many households there now have to spend more to buy the commodity, which is historically one of the most commonly consumed vegetables in the state.
The Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (OPMAN) had based its decision to stop supplying parts of the country on the heightened insecurity in the southern parts of the nation.
In the past month, prices have been on a steady rise as scarcity hits Kwara markets. The price of a bag of onion shot up by nearly 200 per cent, according to price checks by Daily Trust in markets across the Ilorin metropolis.