By Andrew Huboshi, Jos
The Village Head of Angwa Jana Community of Angwa Jaba community of Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Mr Nuhu Umaru, has decried low patronage by farmers in the community due to the advent of Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Umaru, who is also a farmer, spoke when the team from the Media Advocacy West Africa (WAWA Foundation) visited the area on Thursday, lamented that the situation made them poorer and hopeless.
The MAWA foundation, with support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), is implementing a project tagged “Human Right Abuse and Economic Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown in Communities”.
Umaru, who cultivates rice, yam and cassava in large quantity, said the pandemic has slowed patronage, as buyers hardly come to buy their farm produce like before.
According to him, majority of their customers come from Kano and Niger states, adding other customers come from Abuja and other areas within the state.
“Life has been very difficult for farmers in this community since the advent of Covid-19 in the country.
“We have been recording low patronage, and our customers are who largely come from Kano and Niger have stopped because of the pandemic.
“We have put in efforts to farm, but there is no more market to sell. This has made us poorer,” he said.
The village head called on the government to come to their aid, by mopping up the cash crops to enable them make a living.
He also called on the government to find lasting solution to the pandemic, to enable people live their normal lives again.
“I want to call on the government find solution to the pandemic because it is already inflicting poverty and hunger on people, particularly rural dwellers,” Umaru urged.
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