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Enugu residents turn to potatoes as yam prices skyrocket

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Some residents of Enugu, have shifted patronage to sweet potatoes as alternative staple food as the price of yam continues to soar, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.

A correspondent of NAN, who visited major markets in Enugu metropolis last weekend, observed that sweet potatoes had flooded yam shops.

Some yam sellers are currently stocking only sweet potatoes in their shops due to 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 formerly sold N300 now goes for between N700 and N800. Six sizable potatoes sold for N200.

Some residents said that potato produce had solved hunger in many families.
A resident, Uju Ufondu, said that potatoes had made it possible for many families to still eat tuber staple food.

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