Prices of perishables have risen in Kano as the rainy season approaches in the area, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Checks at vegetable markets in the metropolis showed that the prices of pepper increased from N250 to N450 per measure.
Similarly, the price of a measure of tomatoes rose to N400 from N300, while a measure of onions that sold for N200 increased to N400.
Ismaila Barde, a consumer, attributed the situation to the approaching Ramadan fasting period.
According to Barde, the sellers are increasing the prices ahead of the period, to maximise profits.
But Bilyaminu Abubakar, a seller of the perishables at Rimi Market, said the situation was beyond the traders’ control as the products were in high demand and going out of stock.
Abubakar blamed the increase largely on the ending of irrigation season and the approaching rainy season.
“We cannot afford to be selling at a loss”, he said.