By Sodiq Lawal
Against the backdrop of planned exportation of yam tubers to Europe to garner more revenue by the Federal Government, the price of the annual crop has gone up in markets across Ile Ife.
The crop which started coming to markets in the state about a month ago is still out of the reach of some consumers.
At Sabo market, a small five tubers of yam still go for N1,500 to N2,000, while the bigger ones are between N4,500 and N7,000 depending on the size.
The price does not change in some markets in Ile Ife but at Ijio Oja Ife, you can still buy the small ones between N1,200 to N1,500 while the bigger ones are between N3,000 to N4,500.
Speaking on the issue, a yam seller at Ijio Oja Ife, Mrs Kayode Remilekun said that yam was just coming to the market and with time the prices will be affordable for all to buy.
According to her, there was nothing sinister about the high prices now, stressing that the first yam tubers are always costly.
“Ordinary people can still afford the present yam price if he or she so desired to eat yam or pounded yam. If they can buy the dry ones for last year’s harvest at N3,500, so they too should go for the new ones which prices are just stable.”
She argued that yam would soon be for all as more of it is being harvested in the farms across the state.
Another market woman who spoke with our correspondent, Mrs. Oluwaseun Odunrayo stated that the markets across the state will soon be flooded with yam tubers, calling on the youths in the ancient city to embrace farming as it is now lucrative.
She posited that food can be surplus in the country when farming is embraced.
She also called on government at all levels to support Agriculture in the country.