Garri, made from cassava, is a staple food in Nigeria.
Farmers in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River on Wednesday blamed excessive rainfall for the high cost of garri in the area.
They made the remark in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Boki, Cross River State.
The President of Boki Farmers Association, Richard Abang, said the price of garri had risen because farmers had to process the commodity under the rain.
Mr. Abang said that during the rainy season, it was difficult to produce a basin of garri, adding that so much water had entered into the body of the cassava, thereby making it difficult to harvest enough tubers to produce a basin.
“During the dry season, it takes few tubers of cassava to produce a basin of garri, but it is not so in the rainy season when you need to harvest enough tubers in order to produce a basin of garri,” he said.
According to him, there are fears that the price of a basin of garri will increase from N4, 500 to N5, 000 before the end of the rainy season.
A basin of the yellow garri currently sells for N4, 500, while the white basin goes for N4, 000.
A civil servant who is also a farmer, Paulina Odu, said that the price of garri could reduce, only if there was a break in rainfall.
A cross section of visitors living in the area expressed worry over the high cost of garri.
One of them, Chuwkwudi Ibekwe, noted that garri was the staple food for the common man, adding that the high cost of the commodity had caused hardship and starvation in many homes.
He, therefore, appealed to the association to reduce the price of garri, to make it affordable.
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