AMAC Blames High Cost Of Food Items On Farmers, Herders Crisis

AMAC Blames High Cost Of Food Items On Farmers, Herders Crisis

Paul Effiong, Abuja

Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, has blamed the exorbitant prices of food and general goods on farmers/herders crisis being experienced in some parts of the country.

Speaking with our correspondent yesterday in an exclusive interview, the Chief Market Manager in AMAC, Mr John Bango explained that most of the items in the market, especially food items are scarce owing to the fear that some farmers have abandoned farming because of kidnappers and herders.

Bango cited the law of demand and supply which he explained states that when demand is higher than supply, then there will be inflation which is persistent increase in common prices of goods and services.

Responding to questions on the way forward, he called on government at all levels to make the security of lives and property top priority, emphasizing that farmers are very important as food runs first among the undamental human needs.

The market boss in AMAC also explained some security measures being put in place by government to ensure that traders within all markets in AMAC are fully protected.

“In almost all our markets, we have police stations and fire fighters to prevent an unforeseen emergency”, he said.

Reacting to questions against touting within the markets, the market leader disclosed that there is a committee in each market for the purpose of ensuring that touting is prohibited.

Responding to questions on how to curb exorbitant shop rate in the market, Mr Bango maintained that AMAC has the cheapest shop rate in the FCT, adding that we still have shops as low as N5,000 per annum.

According to him, Nyanya, Karu, Gwarimpa, Karishi, Kugbo markets among others are within the jurisdiction of AMAC.

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