I am Bello Rufai Duwap, i was born in 1989. In Mangu Local Government of Plateau State. I am a graduate of Bayero University Kano. Currently a Research (MSc) Student in Kaduna State University.
I was born and raised in locality were farming is a pre-dominance business. Even though the government has made many policies to assist farmers over a long period of time: From loans to subsidizing fertilizer, agricultural machinery, seeds and so on.
It is quite unfortunate one of the challenge areas is ignored. Until now government has never brought any policy to aid farmers transporting final agricultural products to the market.
It is frustrating that the middle business men are taking advantage of this and humiliate farmers. It’s unfortunate for a farmer to spend 4-6 months with his energy and resources to produce at lost and a marketer for a single day makes a huge profit off his labour.
This has discouraged so many farmers. Some quit the business with huge debts. It’s frustrating for a farmer that is feeding a nation to end up at a loss.
About 80%of farmers in my locality are victims. Lack of storage facilities has contributed to this, as most are perishable goods. Farmers have no option other than to sell all harvested products to the middle men. When the supply is high the market will be saturated. And the end products are sold at cheap prices if not at loss. While middle men will take that advantage and make huge profit.
The Farmers’ Own Transport (FOT) project is to solve or minimise this problem. FOT will be transporting farmers products to the local market at loan. When the products are sold, they will pay for the transportation fee.
This will reduce the activities of too much middle men. And encourage farmers to market their products to the local market.
FOT needs an estimated capital of 1.5 million Naira for starts up. It only needs a lorry and driver and the project will kick start, with a ground to expand the project within a short time.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Bello Rufai Duwap (Nigeria) – elroofey(at)gmail.com
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