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Niger State Gov, Bago says no ban on interstate food movements



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Niger State Governor, Umar Bago, has clarified the state’s position on the mass purchase of food items from local markets, says no ban on interstate food movements

Speaking to reporters in Abuja on Monday, Governor Bago explained that the decision was aimed at regulating sales and preventing exploitation by smugglers.

Bago said he only stopped bulk purchases of food from local markets to neighbouring countries, adding that food items purchased in the state markets were not stopped from being taken to other states.

Highlighting the challenges faced by local farmers, Bago expressed concerns about middlemen and smugglers diverting agricultural produce to international markets. He stressed the importance of protecting local industries and ensuring fair market prices for farmers.

He emphasized the need to control the level of sales, stating, “Why is somebody luring you with excess cash, not minding the price?” He pointed out that local factories in Niger State were adversely affected by unchecked food exportation, causing economic challenges within the state.

The Governor highlighted the success of his efforts and emphasized the ongoing commitment to support local farmers and ensure food security in the country.

Acknowledging the reaction of citizens to economic hardships, Bago clarified that the ban was specific to bulk purchases from local markets to prevent exploitation and ensure a fair market system. He called for collaborative efforts to address challenges in the agricultural sector and promote sustainable development.