As the tomatoes scarcity now deepens, is their any hope in price reduction for consumers any time soon? These and many more questions that arises each day. Tomatoes which is now the new gold, have been causing lot of tension in the street of Lagos. Not only does four pieces of Tomato goes for N500 , also bags of tomatoes are now being snatched away from fellow Nigerians. Really, Nigerians have been affected by this scarcity.
Well, there has been several factors listed as the possible reason for the scarcity. First is the heavy rains that is really affecting the northern states of Nigeria together with the pest/larvae affecting the tomatoes known as Tuta absoluta. Others also claim Aliko Dangote is to blame. But according to ventureafrica.com, one Mr. Mohammed Musa, a Mallam in Kano said that “Dangote shouldn’t be blamed for the scarcity because farmers don’t have tomatoes in their farms and the ones who have prefer to sell to Dangote instead of allowing it to get bad.”
Furthermore, he stated that some of these farmers have abandoned planting tomatoes because they cannot afford the high cost of petrol to power the pumping machines to irrigate the farms.
So is there any Hope? Well we all need to keep a positive mind-set and hope that the measures in which the Farmers have put in place to contain the situation would be effective.
Last year, farmers in some parts of Nigeria recorded total losses as the pest infested their farms. However, with demand for tomatoes not as high as it has become due to industrialization, the effect was not immediately felt. But we hope this years scarcity does not drag long.