Onion Farmers, Kano Tomato And Marketers Lose Big As Blockade Persists
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The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) has since Thursday blocked shipment of cattle and farm produce to the Southern part of the country over demands for compensation for its members affected by violence in that part of the country. The decision might have driven up prices of the items in the South but it has also brought prices crashing in Kano as farmers and marketers suffer huge loses, as Daily Trust reports.
It is an irony that as tomato and onion scarcity prevails in the South, the vegetables are flooding markets in the North, selling at giveaway prices. That is not good news for farmers.
The scarcity in the South is occasioned by the strike by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN), which has blocked the shipment of cattle and farm produce to the South while demanding compensation and safety guarantees for their members affected by the #EndSARS protest and the violence at Shasa market in Ibadan.
AUFCDN, an affiliate of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), commenced the movement following the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum given to the federal authorities to attend to their needs.
But with the strike coming into its fifth day (on Tuesday), farmers and meals marketers in Kano, especially people who address tomatoes have began to feel the impact with prices further plummeting.
Findings by means of Daily Trust revealed that many tomato farmers have deserted their farms due to a shortage of outlets in addition to their incapacity to retain spending their resources in harvesting the produce.
Baskets of tomatoes ready to be loaded for movement to the southern elements of the united states at Kwanar Gafan Tomato Market in Kano State
Photo: Ibrahim Musa Giginyu
Many farmers now prefer to reduce their losses and permit the tomatoes to rot on the farms in place of use up resources to package deal and shipping it to the Southern part of the united states. This is due to the fact AUFCDN officials have hooked up blockades to implement compliance at strategic locations like Lokoja in Kogi State and Jebba in Kwara State.
It became additionally collected that the union’s circulate has created a extreme tomato glut as it's miles harvest season for the produce and as opposed to the farmers counting gains, they are busy counting losses.
A visit to the Kadawa irrigation web page in Garun Malam Local Government of Kano State discovered numerous tomato farms due for harvest left unattended by using the farmers.
According to the kingdom chairman of Tomato Out Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN), Alhaji Sani Danladi Yadakwari, the recent flow with the aid of the union has dealt them a heavy blow.
He brought that already there has been a glut in tomato harvested on this year’s dry season inside the kingdom, which resulted in a drastic crash in its price in the open market. He said already tomato farmers in the nation have known as at the kingdom authorities to intrude and keep the situation to shop the farmers from incurring heavy losses that would result in the total crippling of tomato farming.
“There is a want for the government and other government involved to wade into the difficulty and rescue these farmers from general loss,” he pleaded.
At Kwanar Gafan Tomato Market in Garun Malam Local Government Area of the state, it changed into accrued that the marketplace that initially masses approximately 35 to forty vans of tomatoes to other parts of the united states every day has no longer loaded a unmarried truck in the final 5 days.
According to a tomato merchant, Malam Ibrahim Ghali Dumaji present day tomato price has not been beneficial and inspiring as tomatoe that would fill a massive basket is bought at N850 whilst the basket itself is bought at N750 thereby bringing the full cost of a basket of tomato to N1600.
“The union’s recent strike and the modern glut has thrown tomato farmers, entrepreneurs and other perishable farmers in Kano State into a serious crisis as many farmers deserted their farms, looking ahead to a miracle. This is a critical assignment taking into account the cost of manufacturing and other fees incurred at some point of the planting and harvesting methods,” he said.
It became, however, amassed that the handiest solace available to tomato farmers is the Dangote Tomato Processing Company below the Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP) that offers a long way more than the farmers make in open markets.
At Gun-dutse Onion Market in Dawakin Kudu LGA, the state of affairs is just like what turned into obtainable on the tomatoe marketplace because the dejected appears on the merchants’ faces tell the tale.
Daily Trust accumulated that a big sack of onions that become promoting for N35, 000 a few weeks ago and N10, 000 just before the strike now sells for N7, 000.
One of the onion marketers at the market, Malam Muhammed Ibrahim, told Daily Trust that day by day, 20 truckloads of onions used to depart the marketplace to various components of the united states but with latest tendencies, best three truckloads have left the market on the grounds that Thursday.
He delivered that enterprise has been so sluggish and the union’s action has affected the costs of onions inside the marketplace.
“As you could see us, we're just right here anticipating and hoping for things to head returned to ordinary. A bag of onions offered at N10, 000 some days ago is now N7, 000 and even at that, there are not any customers. Our prayer is that the union and all parties involved need to amicably positioned an give up to this strike for us in an effort to live to tell the tale this harsh monetary scenario,” he said.
While merchants are nevertheless scuffling with to promote off the goods in their ownership, farmers are at loss as to what to do with those nevertheless on the farm as it changed into amassed that in spite of the glut in onion in most of the perishable markets in the country, more onion farms are but to be harvested.[NewsNaira]