Agricultural stakeholders have appealed to the Nigerian government to look into the plan by the Onions Farmers Association to block supply of onions to the southern parts of the country. The National President of Onion Producers, Aliyu Umar, said on May 30 that the blockade was to avert the violence meted out on some of its members trucks carrying onions to the south.
However, some of the stakeholders have said that the decision was not in the best interest of both the producers and buyers. President of the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN), Peter Dama, said that the situation was worrisome. He appealed to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment as well as Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to intervene in order to save the situation, as the decision would affect both the farmers and the consumers because of the perishable nature of onions.
The Founder of Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), Salamatu Garba, said that the issue needed to be quickly attended to by the government to avoid unpleasant outcome for the economy. She condemned the hijack of the trucks in the south and appealed to Nigerians not to allow a few misguided elements to create problems for the majority.