The increase is partly blamed on the 2012 floods that affected parts of the country.
Many blame the raise, in several areas more than tripled, on last year’s ravaging floods that affected many states across the country.
A survey of markets in Calabar reveals that a basin of garri, which was sold for N3500 in April, now sells at between N5000 and N5500.
Similarly, three cups of the commodity now sell for N100 and seven cups at N200 as against N100 for six cups before.
In the villages where the product is bought, it sells for more than N4,000 against less than N1,000 ahead of the floods.
A garri seller on parliamentary road in the city, Joy Iquo, said the price of the commodity had also increased in other parts of the state.
She said the basin measurement of garri which used to sell for between N3500 and N3800 in Ugep, in Yakurr Local Government Area, is now sold for N4800.
“This situation is rather unfortunate because garri is supposed to be very cheap in Ugep. It is the area of the state where it is very affordable and everybody goes there to buy.”
Ms. Iquo said it has become a problem now to buy the commodity, stressing that the price increase might have been caused by dwindling amount of cassava in circulation as well as expectations of new cropping season.
Alice Udoh, a garri dealer at Marian Market, said the hike in the price of the commodity, at this time of the year, was normal, adding that the 2012 flood in the state might have contributed to the scarcity of the product.
A taxi driver in the metropolis, Joseph Johnson, said he already has difficulty in affording garri for his family.
“Garri is the number one food in my family but the price is now making it almost impossible for me to retain it as number one food in my home.”
A farmer, Owali Ilem, however, said that the price of the commodity would soon come down as corn and other foodstuffs would soon be available.
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