KATSINA State House of Assembly will soon enact a law to stop exportation and hoarding of farm produce in the state. The chairman, Committee on Information of the House, Nasiru Yahaya Daura told journalists yesterday that the enactment of the law was necessary to arrest scarcity of food in the state, which might
lead to hunger. Daura said the house took the stand due to report of massive exportation of farm produce from Katsina to neighbouring African countries. He further said some businessmen in the state were making large purchase of farm produce from farmers and hoarding in stores with the aim of making profit. He said the house resolved to take the urgent measure to deal with the situation, adding that the law would soon be enacted to deal with those behind the problem. Daura further said the House had asked its Committee on Agriculture to meet with the state Commissioner of Agriculture and key officials of the ministry to look at ways of addressing the issue. He said part of the resolution of the House was for state government to make bulk purchase of farm produce
from farmers and sell at affordable price to the people in event of food shortage the state might face. He appealed to farmers in the state to always adopt the measure of storing half of their harvested produce rather than taking all to the market. Daura further called on security agents to assist in arresting those behind hoarding of farm produce in the state.


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