Some residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Tuesday, expressed worry over the high cost of food items and fruits in markets.
As Ramadan enters one week, the residents, in separate interviews said the development called for concern by all.
Mrs Esther Obumneme, a civil servant with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, attributed the high cost of fruits and foodstuff to the Ramadan Fast as a result of high demand.
Obumneme also complained about the high cost of yam, adding that five tubers of yam, hitherto sold for N2,500 at Nyanya Market, were now sold for N4,000.
Alhaji Adamu Dantata, a trader in onions at Karu Market, said that the cost of onions went very high between the end of 2020 and February 2021.
But around first week of March this year the price of onions came down dramatically, but as soon as Ramadan Fast started, the price went up again, though this time not as high as it was before.
“The basket of onions, which sold at N600, now sells for N750; and the way I am seeing things; more items will still go up because of the fasting.
“The reason is because some of us that are fasting will no longer travel often to buy goods, and those that manage to do so, would not purchase much to cover for all the needs of consumers.
“So, it is normal that during this period of fasting, the demand for foodstuffs especially, fruits are always high, while the supply is low.
“Apart from the fasting, very soon, we will enter into a peak of rainy season and during the season, food items normally go up, so we should expect higher cost of foodstuffs, fruits and other items.