GRADUALLY, prices of food items have begun to drop in markets in Kano State, following the arrival of newly harvested farm produce. Market survey in the state, at the weekend, revealed that prices of some grains have drastically reduced with the exception of rice, due to its high demand. Findings revealed that a bag of maize now goes for N10,000 as against N13,000 sold last month, while a measure now costs N357 down from between N470 and N500 previously. The price of a measure of millet had equally dropped from N360 to about N250. Also, a bag of rice, which sold for N19,000, now sells for N17,500, while a measure costs N700. Some consumers said that they are optimistic that the price of food items would further reduce before the year ends. Malam Sani Usman, a consumer, said the current economic hardship would end with massive food production as predicted by the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe.