The farmers and marketers at the Gun-Dutse onion market, Dawakin Kudu Local government Area of Kano State, Are Lamenting the effect of the ongoing strike by cows and foodstuff sellers.
Abacityblog.com reports that 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 have brought prices crashing in Kano as farmers and marketers suffer huge losses.
According to DailyTrust, a big sack of onions that was selling 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 daily, 20 truckloads of onions used to depart the market to various parts of the country but with recent developments, only three truckloads have left the market since Thursday.
He added that business has been so slow and the union’s action has affected the prices of onions in the market.
“As you can see us, we are just here expecting and hoping for things to go back to normal. A bag of onions sold at N10, 000 a few days ago is now N7, 000 and even at that, there are no buyers. Our prayer is that the union and all parties concerned should amicably put an end to this strike for us to be able to survive this harsh economic situation,” he said.
While merchants are still battling to sell off the goods in their possession, farmers are at loss as to what to do with the ones still on the farm as it was gathered that despite the glut in onion in most of the perishable markets in the state, more onion farms are yet to be harvested.
VIDEO: Traders Lament As Onion Bag Worth N35k Crashes to N7k In Kano.
The farmers and marketers at the Gun-Dutse onion market, Dawakin Kudu Local government Area of Kano State, Are Lamenting the effect of the ongoing strike by cows and foodstuff sellers. pic.twitter.com/239tVDGDY9
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