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Lemon prices skyrocket as shortage bites

As the new wave of Covid 19 pandemic continues, people have been urged to consume food that boosts their immunity.

Foods that contain vitamin C which is said to increase white blood cells which are key in fighting infections. These fruits include oranges, lemon, limes, garlic, ginger, yoghurt, turmeric and green tea.

Most people drink the concoction made of lemon, turmeric ginger and hot water to reduce their chances of getting flu and as a way of boosting their immunity.

The consumption has increased as people rush to boost their immunity against Covid-19 but this should not be taken to be a cure.

The craze of immunity boosting has led to a sudden demand for lemons in Kapsowar, which has also seen a tripling of their price forcing buyers to dig deeper into their pockets.

The few traders who have lemons now have overpriced them to making a handsome profit but leaving their customers lamenting.

“We have no options but to purchase it at the prices indicated because we need it,” said Nancy Jeptum, a shopper at the Kapsowar market.

Jeptum says she does not understand why the prices of ginger or garlic have not gone up yet both were used to make the drink required.

The lemons which were going for Sh5 a piece at the market were now being sold at Sh15 with bigger sizes going for Sh25.

By Rennish Okong’o

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