Prices of tomato, Price of rice turkey tomatoes, Prices of major food items continue to rise in major markets as border closure remains 

The lastest Nairametrics household survey has revealed that the prices of most food items across major Markets in Lagos have not recorded significant changes in the last two weeks. However, the findings show that the price of tomatoes reduced slightly by 22%, with a basket of tomatoes now selling for N14,000 as against N18,000 two weeks ago.

Note that while the price reduction is a good development, there is still a huge difference between the current price and how much tomatoes were sold for two months ago. Recall that in April, Nairametrics reported that a big basket of tomatoes was sold for just N8,000.

The results obtained show commodities that are relatively the same across markets and those that are significantly different. It also reveals insight as obtained from our interviews. Hence, this report highlights selected Lagos markets where certain food items are relatively cheaper.

Goods with Relatively the same price: Items such as milk (Tin and refilled), beverages, gas, egg, and fish are sold at relatively the same price across the markets. Basically, peak milk (refill 500g) is sold at an average price of N1,000 while Milo tin (500g) is sold at an average cost of N1,050.

A crate of eggs is sold at an average price of N975, although Mushin Market, Oyingbo and Mile 12 markets sell a crate of eggs for N1000, while Daleko Market sells the cheapest for N900.

Also, the filling of a 5kg gas cylinder costs N1,688 on the average, even as Daleko, Oyingbo and Mile 12 markets sell it for N1,700 while Mushin market sells it cheapest for N1,650. 12.5kg of the gas is filled at an average price of N4,163.

Goods with Relative difference in price: Although Mile 12 goods are getting closer to selling local oil as cheap as Daleko market, Daleko market still proves to be the one stop place for the purchase of cheap products such as rice, beans, garri, palm oil and local vegetable oil.

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A bag of 50kg Royal Stallion rice is sold for N14,000 in Mushin market, N13,500 in Daleko market, N14,500 in Oyingbo market while mile 12 market sells it N15,000.

Beans (Oloyin) is sold for N16,000 in both Mushin market and Oyingbo market. However, the food item is sold highest in Mile 12 market for N18,000 while Daleko market sells cheapest at N14,500.

Mile 12 Market, Lagos

Prices of tomato affected by rainfall: Nairametrics Research interviewed markets sellers and buyers to better understand the cause of the frequent changes in the price of some specific household commodities; specifically tomatoes. According to a major tomato dealer named Yahaya Daudu, Northern Nigeria is currently experiencing rainfall. He attributed this to be the cause of the increase in the price of tomatoes in recent weeks.

“Due to the current rain in the north, farmers stopped planting tomatoes as rain spoils the tomato plantations, instead, they channel our attention to more rain friendly crops such as; corn, union, Guinea corn, beans, rice, etc.”

On imported rice price hike: A major dealer in rice and melon (Mr. Chuks), attributed the price fluctuations in rice to the exploitations by law enforcement agencies such as the Nigerian Customs. According to Chuks, rice produced and packed in Thailand is sold for an average price rate of N7,000 at the Cotonou border, but the tariffs placed by the customs on the importation of each bag causes the price to hike up to its current state.

He also opined that the Government should do something about the tariffs placed on goods such as melon which currently sells for over a hundred thousand Naira (N100,000) per bag.

About Nairametrics Food Price Survey: The Nairametrics’ Food Price Watch is a bi-weekly household market survey the covers prices of major food items, with emphasis laid on four (4) major markets in Lagos State: Mushin Market, Daleko Market, Oyingbo Market, and Mile 12.

See the price table below:

ItemsBrandUnitMUSHIN (20/6/2019)DALEKO (20/6/2019)OYINGBO (20/6/2019)MILE 12 (20/6/2019)Average MUSHIN (6/6/2019)DALEKO (6/6/2019)OYINGBO (6/6/2019)MILE 12 (6/6/2019)Average
FishTitus (Mackerel)1 kg400450450433.33333333333400450425
Bag of RiceBasmati5kg5500500055005000525055005000550050005250
Bag of RiceMama Gold10kg3500300037003000330035003000370030003300
Bag of RiceRoyal Stallion50Kg14000135001450015000142501400013000145001400013875
Bag of RiceMama Gold50kg14500135001450015000143751450013500140001400014000
Bag of RiceCaprice50kg150001350014500150001450015000130001400014000
Bag of RiceFalcon25kg6800650068006800672568006500680068006725
Bag of RiceOfada5kg2500250025002500
Bag of BeansOloyin50kg16000145001600018000161251600014500165001600015750
Bag of BeansWhite50kg14000135001500015000143751400013500150001400014125
Bag of BeansBrown50kg14000135001450015000142501400013500140001400013875
Tuber of YamAbuja1 Big Size Tuber1300130012001266.66666666671400130012001300
Tuber of YamAbuja1 Medium Size Tuber700800600700700650500616.66666666667
Carton of NoodlesIndomie305g (Belle full)29002900290029002900290029002900
Carton of NoodlesIndomie200g (Hungry man)3100320031003133.33333333333100320031003133.3333333333
Carton of NoodlesChikki100g2000220021002100210020002200210021002100
Carton of NoodlesMinimie70g15001500150014501487.515001500150014501487.5
Carton of NoodlesGolden Penny70g14001400140014501412.514001400140014501412.5
Bag of GarriIjebu80kg7500700072007000717575007000720070007175
Bag of GarriWhite50kg4500390045004000422560006500650040005750
Bag of GarriYellow50kg5200450055005000505065006000600050005875
Basket of PotatoSweetBig Basket35003500
Basket of PotatoSweetSmall Basket700700750750
Basket of PotatosweetSmallest Basket200200
Basket of PotatoIrishBig Basket
Basket of PotatoIrishBiggest Basket20000200001500015000
Basket of PotatoIrishMedium Basket2500250025002500
Basket of PotatoIrishSmall Basket1500150015001500
Packet of PastaGolden Penny500g3300340035003400200200200200200
Packet of PastaDangote500g3500340034003433.3333333333200200200200200
Packet of PastaPower500g
Packet of PastaBonita500g
Gallon of Palm OilLocal5 Litres1800160018001600170018001800180018001800
Gallon of Palm OilLocal25 Litres9500880090009000907588008600890090008825
Gallon of Vegetable OilLocal5 Litres2000180020001800190020002000200020002000
Gallon of Vegetable OilLocal25 Litres10000950010000950097501000095001000098009825
Gallon of Vegetable OilKings5 Litres3000300030003000300030003000290029002950
Gallon of Vegetable OilWesson5 Litres3900380038003800382538003800380038003800
Gallon of Vegetable OilMamador3.8 Litres2450240025002450245024502400250024002437.5
Gallon of Vegetable OilPower3 Litres1800180018001800180018001800180018001800
Basket of TomatoOval Shaped1 Small Basket
Basket of TomatoRound Shaped1 Small Basket
Bunch of PlaintainPlaintain1 Big Bunch600550550500550500550400483.33333333333
Bag of FlourDangote50kg105001100010750105001100010750
Bag of FlourHoney well50Kg110001100011000110001100011000
Bag of FlourMama Gold50kg115001100011250115001100011250
Bag of SugarDangote50kg320032003200320032003200
MilkPeak Powdered (Tin)400g12501200120012001212.51250120012001216.6666666667
Milkpeak Powdered(Tin)900g24002350240023002362.524002350240023002362.5
MilkPeak milk (Refill)500g1000100010001000100010001000100010001000
MilkDano Powdered (Tin)500g950950100010009759509501000950962.5
MilkDano Powdered(Tin)900g20002000200020002000190019001933.3333333333
MilkDano (Refill)500g800800800800800800800800800800
MilkThreeCrown (Refill)380g700700700700700650700700650675
MilkLoya Powdered (Tin)400g10001000
MilkLoya (Refill)400g800800800800800800800800800800
MilkCoast (Refill)500g750750750750750750700750700725
Cocoa BeveragesMilo (Tin)500g1000110011001000105010001100110010001050
Cocoa BeveragesMilo (Tin)900g2100210022002100212521002100210021002100
Cocoa BeveragesMilo Refill500g900900900850887.5900850800800837.5
Cocoa BeveragesBournvita Refill500g950900950900925900900950900912.5
Cocoa BeveragesBournvita (Plastic)500g1000100010001000100010001000
Cocoa BeveragesBournvita (Plastic)900g2000200020002000200020002000200020002000
Cocoa BeveragesOvaltine Refill500g800800800850812.5800800800850812.5
Cocoa BeveragesOvaltine(Plastic)500g1100110010001100107511001100100011001075
CoffeeNescafe Gold Blend100g18001850180018001812.518001850180018001812.5
CoffeeNescafe Classic50g650600600600612.5650600600600612.5
TeaLipton Yellow label52g300280300300295300280300300295
TeaTop tea52g300300300300300300300300300300
SugarSt' Loius Sugar(Cube) 500g400450425450430450443.33333333333
SugarGolden Penny Sugar (cube)500g350300350300325350300350300325
BreadVal-U1 loaf300300300300
BreadButterfield1 loaf300300300300
EggN/ACrate1000900100010009751000900900933.33333333333
MagarineBlue Band450g
MagarineSimas250g
Baby MilkSMA Gold500g30003000
Baby MilkNAN500g21002100
Bottled Water (Refill)CwayRefill500500
Juice5 Alive1 litre300300
JuiceChivita1 litre550600600550575300300
GasRefilling12.5kg41004200425041004162.53500350035003500
GasRefilling5kg16501700170017001687.51500150015001500
TomatoesBig Basket14000140001800018000
Medium Basket70007000
Small Basket70007000
FishKote (Horse Mackerel)1 kg450400400416.66666666667450400425

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