More than 200,000 bags of onions -worth over N2.5 billion (€5 mln)- have been destroyed by fire at the Ramin Kura local onion storage facility in Sokoto State.
President of the Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria, Aliyu Umar, said the facility contains over twenty local storage facilities that each has a capacity of some 200,000 bags, and with the current market price of N12,000 per bag (€24), this amount to N2.5 billion.
According to Umar, storing onions at a local facility like Ramin Kura does come with risks like this, but it is because of a lack of modern storage facilities that farmers and traders get to settle for what is availed them. Umar expressed fears that this may lead to an onion crisis in the country like the one experienced in 2020 during the outbreak of the Coronavirus as well as the END SARS protests that affected some onion traders. He appealed to the Federal and State governments to assist farmers and traders to enable them to cushion the effect of this great loss.
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