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Kaduna business owners decry increasing costs of raw materials

“Everything has gone up in the market.’’

• February 18, 2024
Uba Sani
Uba Sani (Credit: Uba Sani)

Small and Medium Enterprises are now struggling to make sales and profit due to the spike in the prices of commodities in various markets across Kaduna State.

Some small business owners who spoke to journalists on Sunday said that they fear being thrown out of business by the situation.

A local candy producer, Ruqayyah Yusuf, said the hike in the prices of raw materials had slowed down production for her, causing a halt in sales.

She said, “We are trying to adjust our pricing to maximise profit but the cost of raw materials is not stable and it is incredibly high for our customers to be able to afford our products. This has resulted in low turnover on sales and low profit as well.’’

Ms Yusuf called on the government to intervene and save businesses from shutting down, adding that price control and a subsidy on food items would go a long way in easing the suffering.

Similarly, a home-made yoghurt producer, Aisha Tahir, said the high price of production forced her to increase the price of her products, which led to low sales.

She explained that some of the packaging materials for her business were now scarce due to low production, saying she had to order from another state.

On his part, a fashion designer, Nasir Ado, who sells women’s wear, said that the cost of fabric had increased due to the rise in the dollar causing high prices of production.

He said, “Everything has gone up in the market, from fabric to sewing accessories everything is on the rise; the dress I used to make for N8,000 is now N15,000. We pray that the government will intervene and resolve this issue so that small businesses can thrive in this harsh economy.’’


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