Northern farmers lament as onions rotten over refusal to supply to South

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Farmers cultivating onions in the Northern region have cried out over the deterioration of their produce as suppliers refuse to supply to the southern part of Nigeria.

According to reports, no less than 50 trucks had rotted away at their farms and markets since the onion blockade began.

Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (OPMAN), had announced the suspension of the supply of onions to the South-East over the security challenges currently facing the region.

The National President of OPMAN, Aliyu Isah, made the announcement on Wednesday, May 2, 2021.

He said the association’s decision was based on the recent hijack of two of their member trucks by armed men suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

“If the government fails to adhere to the demands of the association, we are shutting down the supply of onions to the entire South by Monday, June 7, 2021,” Isah was quoted by Daily Trust.

According to him, about N4.5 billion worth of onions and properties were destroyed by suspected hoodlums across Southern states in the last few months in addition to the loss of lives of members of the association without any compensation.

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