Famine looms as Kaduna farmers lament poor harvest

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Kaduna residents, especially farmers, have raised an alarm that poor harvest resulting in insufficient foodstuff in markets, as well as an increase in prices, will negatively impact low-income earners.

They opined that if the prices of yam, beans, rice, and others remain beyond the reach of low-income earners this harvesting season, it will be difficult for them to survive in a few months’ time.

According to Mrs. Rose Enemaku, who sells yam and beans in wholesales, “We are afraid of going to bush markets outside to buy directly from farmers unlike before, due to kidnappers.

“Again, the Kaduna State Government in its wisdom suspended the bush markets and some major markets within Kaduna city. Farmers who supply foodstuff to those markets are no longer coming. It becomes difficult for us, to get these food items in large quantities and sell to those in need.”

She further added that most farmers now have stocked their harvested crops, awaiting when they have financial needs while others refused to sell because they have no other source of feeding.

Also, Alhaji Idris Yubangba who said he buys directly from farmers in some remote villages in Kaduna expressed sadness over the restriction of motorcyclists and tricycles in Kaduna State.

He said, “I penetrated some villages in Kaduna to buy food crops during harvest season in the past. I used motorcycles because roads to interior villages are not habitable for cars and buses. But, as it is now, I cannot go because the state government has banned the use of motorcycles.

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” Most farmers would not like to sell the few crops harvested because, they too, have families to feed.”

A farmer in the Kajuru Local Government Area of the state, Mallam Tijani Mohammed, said, unlike before wheN he harvested 100 bags of maize, 200,000 tubers of yam and 9000 bags of beans, this year he only harvested two bags of beans, three bags of maize and are meant for family consumption.

“The fear of kidnappers do not allow us to farm this year. I only farmed within my residence where I have a little portion of land. What I harvested is not enough for me and my four wives and 18 children.

“This year is going to be terrible because the famine is rearing its ugly head, right from the harvesting period. Tell me, before and after Christmas, only God will help us,” he said.

Chairman, Farmers Association, Kaduna State Chapter, Alhaji Umar Modugo noted that bandits have stopped farmers from going to farm this year.

He said framers were ready to farm but the fear of kidnappers frustrated them. Especially, when they heard that some farmers were beheaded in one part of the state.

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