Farmers warn Wike on economic consequences of market closure


By Brave Dickson

Farmers in Rivers State have warned the Nyesom Wike led-administration of what Rivers State stands to lose if the order to close down markets persists.

The farmers said market closure will shrink the cash flow of the state, adding that there will be panic buying of food in the state which will lead to inflation.

Making this known to our correspondent, the National President, Association of Commercial Farmers and Agro-Allied Producers of Nigeria, Engr Fidelis Amadi said total lockdown of markets is not the best.

His words: “The market closure in the state has imposed a dire challenge on farmers as our farm produce is now perishing because of nowhere to sell it.

“This might discourage farmers from farming if the government did not make a provision for us to have a particular time and place to sell our farm produce.

“Unfortunately for the state, if this market closure continues, it will cause big damage to the economy of the state.

“If the farmers, because of the market closure refuse to harvest and sell their farm produce, it will affect the cash flow of the state.

“There will be food scarcity too that will result in a whole lot of panic buying”.