Farmers and traders in Kano are bemoaning the fact that farm produce that cannot be sent to the south due to the ongoing strike by cow and food sellers is now being sold in the north at absurdly low prices.
Farmers and marketers at the Gun-Dutse onion market in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of Kano State are seen lamenting the impact of the ongoing strike by cow and food sellers in a video shared by Daily Trust.
Trucks delivering food to Nigeria’s southern states were turned back at Kara Jebba, the last village between Niger and Kwara states, to prevent them from delivering food to the south (read more here).
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The national leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) issued an ultimatum to the Federal Government, demanding compensation for the losses suffered by Northern traders in the recent mayhem at Shasha market in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Food prices in the south have risen as a result of the strike, while prices in the north have plummeted.
Farmers told the Daily Trust that they usually transport a minimum of 20 trucks to the southern part of the country on a daily basis before the protest, but that the strike has severely harmed them.
The largest onion bag, which sold for N35,000 just a few weeks ago and as high as N70,000 during last year’s onion scarcity, is now being sold for N7,000.