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HURRAY! Tomato price crashes from N25,000 to N800 per basket

HURRAY! Tomato price crashes from N25,000 to N800 per basket
July 31
12:36 2016

A small basket of tomato, which sold for N25,000 in May, is now going for N800 in Kaduna. And, no, it is not a joke.

It had been all anger and pain for households as the price of tomatoes hit the roof across the country as a result of scarcity caused by tuta absoluta, also known as “tomato ebola”.

This affected the crop in most parts of the north-west, notably Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina and Kano states.

As a result, the basket prices jumped from the range of N800-N1200 to between N25,000 and N40,000 at the height of the crisis.


At the Line Dogo (Rail Line) tomatoes and vegetable market in Kaduna on Saturday, it was a beehive of activities.

Buyers could not believe their eyes as tomato prices had crashed to a two-month low.

Abass Mai Tumatur, chairman of the tomato sellers, told TheCable it was a “pleasant relief” for everyone as tomato is now available and in large quantities.


Mai Tumatur: Things are getting better

“Tomato scarcity is nothing new, but it was made worse this year  by the invasion of the moth,” he said.

He said the insects mutate more during the dry season but don’t survive during the rainy season.

“The rains coupled with the efforts of government have helped tremendously in making tomato available,” he said, praising the government for the “timely intervention”.

He assured the public that the fear is gone now “and hopefully for good”.


Farmers were left stranded and helpless as the moth ravaged their farms and left destruction across the farming community, making a pot of soup as expensive as gold.

Hotels and restaurants, in particular, faced a nightmare as the crisis also shot up the price of canned tomato paste.

Many were not aware of the reasons for the scarcity as frantic efforts were made to to address the situation.

Nasir el-Rufai, the Kaduna state governor, declared a state of emergency and dispatched officials to Kenya to find ways of tackling the ravaging insects.


The cost of the destruction in the state, according to el-Rufai, was close to N1 billion.

Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development, also commissioned experts to find solutions to the disease outbreak “as soon as possible”.


The insect originated from South America around 1912 and has spread to other parts of the world.

Reports suggest the insect came to Africa through Republic of Niger.



  1. Paul
    Paul August 01, 03:22

    Great. The price should be more more balanced. This happened because we are producers. The same can happen to our FX and economy if we become more productive in every area of our economy and life. The naira will appreciate tremendously, more jobs will be created. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t waste but make the most by buying from the farmers at a very reasonable price. Nigeria will rise, and rise and rise. God bless Nigeria!

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  2. UjDitty
    UjDitty August 01, 09:31

    Please, how authentic is this news… I’m writing this in my exam… please, more information on this new development… thanks

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  3. ebi
    ebi August 02, 18:00

    kudos to El-Rufai, for solving a problem. That’s what is expected from leaders.

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  4. Ifeanyi
    Ifeanyi August 03, 00:08

    Good news for the consumer what about the producer and for how long will price remain at 800 before it hits the roof! Government needs to protect the farmers. He needs storage and processing to prolong shelf live and make profit for sustainability

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