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Flooding: Yam scarce in Lagos markets

09 October 2012, 16:02

Lagos - Sokoto Umar, the Sarki of Alaba Rago Market, has said that the devastating flood in parts of the country has affected the supply of yam tubers to Lagos state.

Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that the trailer loads of yam that usually come into the Mile 12 Market at  Kosofe Local Government, had reduced in the last few weeks.

``Before, we used to receive between 24 and 29 trailer loads of yam every week.

``But now, we hardly get up to five trailer loads due to the flood disaster in the country.

``Many farmers complained that their farmlands have been washed away,’’ he said.

The market leader also said that the reduction in supply had led to increase in price of yam in the market.

``People are looking for yam to buy and the price is not encouraging.’’

According to him, the tubers being supplied at the moment are coming from the south west.

He said that supplies from Benue, Federal Capital Territory and Kogi had stopped due to flooding.

The market leader advised farmers to take insurance policy against loses in the event that their farms are washed away by flood.

He also advised the government to assist farmers with credit facilities and free yam seeds to boost food production.


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