By Achadu Gabriel
Hundreds of residents from across kaduna state have all turned attentions to one (Kasuwar Manoma-Kasuwar Bakin kogin kaduna) and kasuwar Bakin-Kogi –Unguwar Gado) where foodstuffs and meat are cheaper and affordable.
This is sequel to steadily rise in the cost of Foodstuff in popular markets due to inflation orchestrated by corona-virus pandemic and ravaging security challenges.
Mallam Usman Abdullahi, a local farmer from kurmin Kaduna told journalsts that, they “supply all kinds of farm produce to the river Bank in order to reduce the high cost of food items in the state
“Food crops such as vegetable, okro, tomatoes, pepper, onions, rice ,beans maize,yam, banana, and some times animals are sold at a cheaper prices at the River Bank,’ he stated.
He stressed that despite security challenges ,farmers across the River Bank were occupied with their farming activities which is aimed at supplying food stuffs to the nation, in order to tackle scarcity of food in the country.
Investigations revealed that all the Kaduna River Bank markets are in places where the poor, the retailers go to buy foodstuffs and animals at affordable prices.
“Rising prices of foodstuffs across markets in the country is becoming a big threat to the existence of many families,as insecurity forced many farmers to abandon their farmlands this year”, he added.
He said, hundreds of people from various places across the state do usually “comes here in their Cars, motor-cycles and buy foodstuffs and other commodities at a very cheaper prices
According to him , they sell their goods directly to the poor and sometimes the retailers that usually comes to the River Banks for the business activities.
“The prices of goods at the River Bank is incomparable to the ones in the major markets across the state simply because they are cheaper and affordable.
“Mrs Elizebeth Lukas is a retailer that travels from Unguwan Gwari Kaduna to come to the River Bank and buys all the foodstuffs and other commodities she supplies other retailers.
“This is the only place where the poor have to travel far-away to come and buys food stuffs at affordable prices”, he stressed.
She added that “I bought all the food stuffs that I want at a cheaper price here at the river bank directly from the local farmer”
“Most of the foodstuff that were at the central market ,its from here they usually supply it from”
She said, retailers and other foodstuff suppliers prefers coming down here every morning and buys all the food stuffs because its fresh, clean and its cheap.
“Although not all people knows about the location of the market because its hehind a village called( Rafinguzza), buts it’s the main supplier of all the cash crops and other food items in the state.
“Habibu Mustapha, is one of the union leader of the market that says, the river bank market provide an opportunity for both the sellers and the buyers to meet and bargain at affordable prices.
The market plays a significant role toward boosting the state economy as well as providing an opportunity for employment to large number of buyers and sellers especially married women.