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Farmers Urge South West Governors to Declare Food Emergency

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Lagos State Chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has urged the governors in the South-West region of the country to declare a state of emergency on household agricultural produce.

The AFAN Deputy Chairman in Lagos State, Mr Asking Agbayewa, said the call became necessary following the continuous increase in prices of food commodities on daily basis.

He stated that some food commodities had become so expensive that an average citizen could no longer afford them, stressing that food is a necessity and not a luxury as it has become in recent times.

He said the declaration of a food emergency would allow the government to focus on household commodities, emphasising that the price of some agricultural produce, especially beans, had increased by over 400 per cent.

“We need to declare a state of emergency in the agricultural space because of high food inflation in the last three years.

“We should begin to look inward on how we can make food available at affordable prices.

“We now found out that most of the food [items] that are on the high side are the ones being transported down from the North to the South-West, especially beans.

“The truth of the matter is that we can also plant those food [crops] here to boost self-sufficiency.

“Right now, beans is on the high side, the price of beans skyrocketed by over 400 per cent that people can no longer purchase it.

“Before now, a bag of beans was between N20,000 and N30,000 but now it is being sold at over N100,000. [The] government needs to find a way to address this problem,” he said.

Mr Agbayewa explained that the government needed to support farmers in the South-West to go into beans cultivation and other household foods.

According to him, there is nothing stopping farmers in the South-West from cultivating beans to reduce the price and ensure availability.

“That is why, as an association, we are canvassing that a state of emergency is declared in Lagos and South-West region as a whole.

“Right now, a bag of beans is N100,000 which has never happened before.

“Yet we have soil, we have land where we can plant this beans in South-West.

“This is why we are advising them to declare a state of emergency in the region if it is constitutional,” he said.

Mr Agbayewa listed some of the factors responsible for food inflation to include the high cost of transportation, multiple levies, insecurity, banditry and low production.

“If you look at the situation right now in the North, for farmers to go into their farmland, they have to pay bandits and during harvest, they suffer the same thing.

“Also, bringing food from the north to the south is a major challenge because of multiple levies collected on each truck. There are so many levies collected by federal, state and local governments.

“Also, an increase in the price of diesel is a challenge.

“All these levies put together are being put on the produce and that is why the price of food is on the high side on a daily basis,” he said.

He urged the state governments to invest more in agriculture in order to replicate agric practice in the North to the South-West.

“It is high time government in the South-West look at the household food being produced in the north and replicate it here.

“Nothing is stopping us in cultivating yam, beans, tomatoes, pepper and onions on large scale too.

“Government must pay attention to food security and boost self-sufficiency,” he said.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Domestic Market Loses 0.06% on Profit-taking in 26 Stocks

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By Dipo Olowookere

Profit-taking in 26 stocks on Monday opened the doors of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited wide open to the bears, causing the domestic market to lose 0.06 per cent.

All but one of the key sectors of the market closed bearish yesterday and this was the energy counter, which appreciated by 1.67 per cent, while the insurance, banking, consumer goods and industrial goods sectors declined by 1.44 per cent, 0.45 per cent, 0.23 per cent and 0.01 per cent respectively.

Consequently, the All-Share Index (ASI) was reduced by 29.08 points to 45,928.27 points from 45,957.35 points, while the market capitalisation fell by N12 billion to N24.749 trillion from N24.761 trillion.

Regency Assurance was the worst-performing stock yesterday as its value went down by 9.52 per cent to 38 kobo, followed by FTN Cocoa, which dropped 7.69 per cent to 36 kobo.

NEM Insurance declined by 5.41 per cent to N3.50, Sovereign Trust Insurance lost 4.17 per cent to trade at 23 kobo, while Cutix depreciated by 4.00 per cent to N2.40.

Business Post reports that the exchange closed with 15 price gainers on Monday led by Livingtrust Insurance, which appreciated by 9.62 per cent to quote at N1.14.

Northern Nigerian Flour Mills grew by 9.49 per cent to N8.65, Academy Press improved by 9.09 per cent to 72 kobo, Courtville rose by 8.70 per cent to 50 kobo, while ABC Transport gained 5.88 per cent to trade at 36 kobo.

Yesterday, Chams was the busiest stock, trading 40.6 million units valued at N8.1 million and was trailed by UBA, which exchanged 35.1 million units worth N284.7 million.

Courtville traded 33.3 million units for N16.6 million, Sterling Bank sold 18.8 million units valued at N30.1 million, while Access Bank transacted 17.1 million units worth N166.4 million.

At the close of transactions, the volume of shares traded by investors went down by 1.06 per cent to 278.6 million units from 281.6 million units. The value, however, increased by 19.71 per cent to N2.9 billion from N2.4 billion, while the number of deals rose by 18.94 per cent to 4,447 deals from 3,739 deals.

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Friesland, CSCS Leave NASD Bourse Bleeding After N8.23bn Loss

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) started the week on a negative note after it bled by 1.3 per cent on Monday as a result of profit-taking, especially in the shares of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc and Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc.

The Peak Milk maker lost N3.3 or 2.9 per cent yesterday to trade at N115.00 per share compared with the previous N118.30 per share, while the Nigerian depository company depreciated by N1.00 or 5.4 per cent to quote at N18.38 per unit as against the preceding session’s value of N19.38 per unit.

The losses posted by the duo decreased the market capitalisation of the bourse by N8.23 billion to N622.23 billion from N630.46 billion and weakened the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) by 9.71 points to wrap the session at 734.83 points compared with 744.54 points recorded at the previous session.

Unfortunately, the market did not record a price gainer yesterday, but the volume of securities traded at the bourse by investors went down by 97.3 per cent to 111,347 units from the 4.1 million units achieved last Friday.

In the same vein, the value of shares that exchanged hands during the trading day depleted by 94.5 per cent to N4.8 million from N86.9 million, while the number of deals executed by traders depreciated by 12.5 per cent to seven deals from the eight deals carried out at the preceding session.

At the close of business, CSCS Plc maintained its position as the most traded security by volume on a year-to-date basis with 653.7 million units of its shares sold for N13.7 billion. VFD Group Plc came next with 916,161 units valued at N331.5 million, while Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc has so far traded 233,766 units valued at N27.5 million.

Also, CSCS Plc ended the day as the most traded stock by value on a year-to-date basis with the sale of 653.7 million units worth N13.7 billion. VFD Group Plc also came next with 916,161 units worth N331.5 million, while Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc trailed with 233,766 units worth N27.5 million.

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Others Appreciate amid Renewed Interest

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Renewed interest in cryptocurrency helped the market regain its feet on Monday after last week’s scare, which forced investors to offload the digital assets.

The selloff witnessed lately was triggered by fears that the United States Federal Reserve would come up with a tighter monetary policy this week.

But yesterday, the market was calm as seven of the 10 tokens monitored by Business Post across the various trading platforms closed positive, with Bitcoin (BTC) gaining 5.9 per cent to close at N21,279,581.03.

Litecoin (LTC) appreciated by 2.9 per cent to sell at N64,092.87, Ethereum (ETH) made a 1.8 per cent appreciation to close at N1,421,449.49, while US Dollar Tether (USDT) improved by 1.5 per cent to sell for N586.56.

In addition, Ripple (XRP) appreciated by 0.6 per cent to close at N352.24, Dogecoin (DOGE) rose by 0.3 per cent to quote at N81.59, while Binance Coin (BNB) recorded a gain of 0.1 per cent to trade at N154,299.88.

On the other hand, Dash (DASH) fell by 3.7 per cent to trade at N52,686.71, Tron (TRX) depreciated by 3.2 per cent to sell at N31.35, while Cardano (ADA) depleted by 1.1 per cent to close at N630.39.

Meanwhile, at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) segment of the foreign exchange (FX) market in Nigeria, the Naira traded bearish on the first day of this week, losing 0.09 per cent or 38 kobo to trade exchange against the Dollar at N416.38/$1 compared with the preceding session’s rate of N416/$1.

This occurred amid a decline in the demand for forex at the market window, with the turnover for the day at $136.9 million, 3.8 per cent or $5.5 million lower than the $142.42 million recorded last Friday.

Also, the domestic currency suffered a loss of 11 kobo against the greenback at the interbank segment of the market, trading at N415.53/$1 at the close of business on Monday compared with N415.53/$1 of the previous session.

But against the Pound Sterling, the Naira appreciated by N2.69 yesterday to close at N560.69/£1 in contrast to the previous N563.38/£1, while against the Euro, the local currency gained 88 kobo to close at N470/€1 versus last Friday’s N470.88/€1.

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