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Bauchi farmers drop food crops for cash crop cultivation



The report of a survey conducted in Bauchi by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has indicated that farmers in the state no longer consider the growing of food in this season profitable, therefore, they have changed the attention towards the cultivation of commercial crops.

The report says that many farmers have switched from growing food to cash crops or have reduced the size of their farmland after the loss they incurred due to price stability.

Some of them told NAN that, having spent a lot of resources on agricultural inputs and labor last year, the prices of food crops never went beyond what was obtained during the harvest period, which made it difficult recover what they had spent, and talk less about making a profit.

Therefore, they said that they could not afford to “bet again” in this agricultural season, so they abandoned food crops and delved into cash crops, whose price increase was guaranteed.

Farmers indicated that corn, sorghum, beans and rice were the products whose prices had remained stable since the beginning of this year.

They said that most of them had now switched to growing soybeans and sesame seeds, which are cash crops that often appreciate their value.

Malam Hassan Madaki, president of a farmer cooperative society in the village of Kajitu, on the outskirts of the Bauchi metropolis, told NAN that of the nearly 100 registered farmers in his organization, more than 50 of them had reduced the size of their farmland, and another 40 had moved. Growing of food for commercial crops.

“Last year, around this time, the prices of 80 kg of sacks of corn, sorghum, beans and rice were N12,000; N13,000; N24,000 and N36,000. “As I speak to you today, 80 kg of sacks of corn, sorghum, beans and rice cost N5,000; N6,000; N8,000 and N24,000.

“This compares with the current prices of soybeans and sesame seeds, which cost N17,000 and N30,000 respectively. “This development has forced a change and most of the members of my society have decided to grow sesame seeds or soybeans,” he said.

A farmer in the village of Kajitu, Mohammed Jibrin, said that, like most farmers, incurred losses this year, since he could not recover even the cost of fertilizers and other inputs spent last year, like Abubakar Ladan, a corn producer in the same village, narrated similar experience