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Regional News of Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Source: Daily Trust

Food insecurity looming as prices of foodstuff skyrocket in Taraba

File photo: Prices of food stuffs has gone up in Taraba state File photo: Prices of food stuffs has gone up in Taraba state

There have been concerns over food prices as Nigeria celebrates World Food Day.

Also affected by the increase include beans, Soya beans, Yam, Millet and Guinea Corn.

It was gathered that only last two weeks the prices of harvested farm produce were sold at low price.

For example, the bag of Maize, Paddy rice and beans were sold last two week at N7,000,N9,000 and N28,000,respectively.

In most of the grains markets visited in the state by Daily Trust hundreds of trucks were seen loaded with farm produce going to different destinations.

Marketers interviewed blamed the situation to two factors.

Malam Suleiman Dauda told our correspondent that rainfall suddenly stopped in most part of the state resulting in poor harvest of Maize, Beans and rice planted lately.

He said the rain pattern has changed this year in which rainfall stopped late October as against first week of November.

Suleiman Dauda said middle men from different part of the country came into the state and made bulk purchase of harvested farm produce resulting to increase in price of the commodity.

According to him, price increase of farm produce used to occur only from January in previous years but the trend has changed now.

He said, this development, signaled a looming food insecurity and advised for aggressive rice and Maize production through irrigation farming this dry season.

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