#BounceExclusive: This Is Why Prices Of Tomatoes And Other Food Items Are Rising
Nigerians are still battling to manage their wages which has lost value as a result of recession.
Beans, rice, corn and potatoes are on the fast lane when you talk about their prices now, compared to what it was weeks ago.
Tomatoes is another item that is rising in price and Nigerians are beginning to wonder if they will return to a time they bought few seeds for 500 naira.
While the increase in the price of other food commodities are artificial, the increase in the price of tomatoes, according to farmers in Nasarawa, is caused by the gradual change in season.
Some farmers told Bounce News that the price of tomato has gone up because it is gradually going out of season. They, however, believe that the increase will not last long.
But for other commodities, the story is different and could have been avoided.
When Bola Fasade and Dele Banjo cried over their rice farms ravaged by herds of cattle, in Songbe village, Osun State, Nigerians did not know that the situation would deteriorate to food insecurity.
Bola’s farm had been devoured by the cattle while Dele had abandoned his farm after herdsmen threatened to kill him.
Few months after they lost their farms, more farms have been grazed down, while other farmers have abandoned their farms to avoid being attacked.
A few farmers, willing enough to take the risk of going to their farms, are taking advantage of the situation and are upping prices of commodities.
Here are a few things that these attacks on farmers have caused.
1. The price of wheat has moved up from 1,200 Naira per paint bucket it was few months ago to over 1,500 Naira.
2. The price of beans has increased from 250 per Derica container to between 280 and 300 Naira.
3. Most farm produce come from the north and this reduced engagement in farming activities due to attacks is gradually triggering food insecurity.
4. It has triggered worries in households at a time that the value of the Naira has reduced.
Some states have passed laws that have restricted herdsmen to designated locations, and that to an extent has contained incidences of herdsmen and farmers' clashes.
Bayelsa and Ekiti had enacted laws that made provision for grazing hour and location for herdsmen and their animals. Since these laws were passed, there have been no cases of attack.
Several individuals and groups have asked the government to take more drastic measures to end the unchecked movement of herdsmen around the nation, especially as some of them now carry arms.
The attacks are deepening the effect of the recession and a former Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Azubuko Udah, is suggesting how the Federal Government can check the trend.
He wants the Federal Government to check the proliferation of small arms, expressing the belief that such action would check incessant farmers/herdsmen clashes.
The former police boss also wants restrictions for herdsmen and suggested that the government should consider ranching.