The fruit is very expensive in the market. A heap of four medium-sized papaya that sold at FCFA 500 now goes for FCFA 1,000 while two such sizes cost FCFA 500. As to the hike in prices, a seller told CBT of the harsh climatic condition that caused the dryness of some tress. She added that the soon burnt papaya trees in Njombe-Penja, where traders get their supplies. The tropical fruit, though not in season, has reached its peak as prices are concerned.