Made-in-Nigeria Rice from Niger & Kebi States Hit the Market As Price Of Tomatoe Crashes Below 8k(Photos)

According to a social media user who shared the photos, 'Made in Nigeria' rice has hit the Nigerian market and it is expectedly selling at lower prices compared to the imported ones.

The social media went ahead to provide price tags for the most popular staple food in the country produced in Kebbi, and Niger States. According to the poster;

"Made in Nigeria rice from Niger State at N7,000 only. And by the time the Enugu and Kebbi Rice hit the market next month, expect a price crash". 

"Labana Rice from Kebbi state also in the market 50kg bag sells for N13, 000 This one is proudlyNigerian". 

"This is a welcome development. Let us be self-reliant as a country," he concluded. 

According to the Central Bank of Nigeria's statistics, Nigeria expends as much as N1billion in a year in the importation of rice and N365 billion in year.

A small basket of tomato, which sold for N25,000 in May, is now going for N800 in Kaduna. And, no, it is not a joke.
It had been all anger and pain for households as the price of tomatoes hit the roof across the country as a result of scarcity caused by tuta absoluta, also known as ‘tomatoc ebola’.
This affected the crop in most parts of the north-west, notably Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina and Kano states.
As a result, the basket prices jumped from the range of N800-N1200 to between N25,000 and N40,000 at the height of the crisis.
At the Line Dogo (Rail Line) tomatoes and vegetable market in Kaduna on Saturday, it was a beehive of activities.
Buyers could not believe their eyes as tomato prices had crashed to a two-month low.

Abass Mai Tumatur, chairman of the tomato sellers, told TheCable it was a “pleasant relief” for everyone as tomato is now available and in large quantities.
“Tomato scarcity is nothing new, but it was made worse this year  by the invasion of the moth,” he said.
He said the insects mutate more during the dry season but don’t survive during the rainy season.
“The rains coupled with the efforts of government have helped tremendously in making tomato available,” he said, praising the government for the “timely intervention”.
He assured the public that the fear is gone now “and hopefully for good”.
Farmers were left stranded and helpless as the moth ravaged their farms and left destruction across the farming community, making a pot of soup as expensive as gold.
Hotels and restaurants, in particular, faced a nightmare as the crisis also shot up the price of canned tomato paste.

Many were not aware of the reasons for the scarcity as frantic efforts were made to to address the situation.
Nasir el-Rufai, the Kaduna state governor, declared a state of emergency and dispatched officials to Kenya to find ways of tackling the ravaging insects.
The cost of the destruction in the state, according to el-Rufai, was close to N1 billion.
Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development, also commissioned experts to find solutions to the disease outbreak “as soon as possible”.
The insect originated from South America around 1912 and has spread to other parts of the world.
Reports suggest the insect came to Africa through Republic of Niger.


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