Enugu residents turn to potatoes as yam prices skyrocket

“At least with N500 you can get enough potatoes for your family and whichever way you prepare it, your family will be satisfied.”

Some residents of Enugu, Nigeria’s South-east, have shifted patronage to sweet potatoes as alternative staple food as the price of yam continues to soar, the News Agency of Nigeria
A correspondent of NAN, who visited major markets in Enugu metropolis on Saturday, observed that sweet potatoes had flooded yam shops.

Some yam sellers are currently stocking only sweet potatoes in their shops due its high demand.

A bag of potatoes sells for between N7,000 and N8,500 as against the price of a heap of 12 sizable yam tubers which is sold between N6,400 and N7, 000.

One medium-sized yam now goes for between N700 and N800 as against six sizable potatoes sold for N200.

Some residents said that potato produce had solved hunger in many families.

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