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Food Security: Subsidizing Farm Inputs Key to Reducing Prices of Commodities- Dawanau Market Grains Dealers

By: ABDULLAHI JALALUDDEEN

Providing enough and qualitative farm input to Farmers at subsidized rate gas been described a major pillar of providing enough food that will feed the entire Nation.

The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Muttaka Isa, disclosed this during an interview with journalist in Kano.

He said Nigeria is blessed with vast land for farming ,but high cost of farming inputs and inadequate utilization of the vast available land was the major Challenges bedivelling the development of agriculture.

Alhaji Muttaka Isa Appealed to the Federal government as a matter of urgency to provide adequate and modern farm input at subsidized rate to Farmers with the aim of ensuring food security.

The Chairman noted that the Association has taken bold steps in ensuring that the prices of Commodities were being slashed down,geared addressing the hike in Commodity prices .

“The association’s decision to slash the prices was also to boost sales as dealers in the International market had been lamenting low patronage for some time now.

“If you go round the market now, you will notice that the prices of grains such as maize, guinea corn, millet and beans have been reduced compared to what was obtained here about two weeks ago.

”A bag of maize now sells for about N53,000, as against the old price of N60,000, while that of guinea corn now sells for N49,000, as against the former price of N55,000, depending on the quality.

”Also a bag of millet which used to sell for N60,000 now costs N53,000 and that of beans now costs between N85,000 and N90,000, as against the old price of between N95,000 and N100,000, depending on quality,” Muttaka said.

He also disclosed that a bag of soya beans now sells for N65,000 as against N68,000 before, while a bag of sesame seed which used to sell for N225,000 now costs N220,000.

He further said that a big bag of local rice which which was hitherto sold for between N110,000 and N115,000 was now being sold for between N95,000 and N100,000 while that of wheat now sells for N60,000 as against N63,000.

The chairman noted that the sales of foodstuff in the market had dropped due to the present economic situation in the country, which he said had adversely affected customers’ purchasing power.

He appealed to the Federal Government to provide subsidised fertilizer and other farm implements to farmers so as to achieve food security.

Dawanau International Grains Market is the biggest in West Africa supplying goods to customers in Nigeria,Niger,Chad,Cameroon and the Central African Republic,among others.

It also stores crops such as Sobo,Sesame Seeds, Tamarind and Soybeans which are exported to Asia and Europe,and other global markets.

ABDULLAHI JALALUDDEEN KANO.

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