The eco­nomic po­ten­tials of Bakori grains mar­ket

Daily Trust - - FEATURE - From Idris Mah­mud, Katsina

The vast farm lands and agrar­ian na­ture of Bakori Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of Katsina State could not be un­con­nected with its fa­mous grains mar­ket known as Ka­suwar Sama. The name de­rived from the dis­tance be­tween the mar­ket and Bakori town.

The mar­ket started as a unit of Bakori main mar­ket be­fore it was re­lo­cated to its present lo­ca­tion at Yashe road, op­po­site Bakori lo­cal govern­ment sec­re­tariat in 1992. The de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate the mar­ket was taken to al­low for its rapid de­vel­op­ment.

Ma­jor com­modi­ties traded in the mar­ket in­clude maize, guinea corn, mil­let, beans, rice, ground­nut, soya beans, pep­per as well as co­coyam and sweet pota­toes. The com­modi­ties are mainly sup­plied by the peas­ant and large scale farm­ers from the nooks and cran­nies of the lo­cal govern­ment area such as Tsiga, Barde, Kwan­tak­waram, Dawan Muasa, Kakumi, Guga, Yan’Kwani and Ku­rami.

Farm­ers from other lo­cal gov­ern­ments of the state such as Faskari, Sabuwa, Fun­tua, Malum­fashi, Danja, Ka­fur also find the mar­ket as an av­enue to sell their farm pro­duce.

Ac­cord­ing to the chair­man of the mar­ket (Sarkin Ka­suwa) Al­haji Ab­dul­lahi Bakori, busi­ness­men are go­ing as far as Soba, Giwa, Sam­i­naka in Kaduna State and Bida, Kon­tagora in Niger State, Dawanau mar­ket in Kano, Il­lela in Sokoto, Mani, Mashi and Mai’adua in Katsina State as well as Keffi in Nasarawa State to sup­ply the mar­ket with ad­e­quate com­modi­ties.

He added that busi­ness­men from Anam­bra, Imo, Delta and Abia states of the east­ern part of Nigeria also pa­tro­n­ise the mar­ket just as people from La­gos, Oyo, Osun, and Kwara states are not left out.

He said buy­ers come from abroad to pa­tro­n­ise the mar­ket on Tues­days and Fridays.

Ab­dul­lahi said traders come from Ghana, Cameroon, Chad and Niger Repub­lic to buy grains and other com­modi­ties from the mar­ket.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions show that dur­ing har­vest­ing pe­riod over one hun­dred trucks of dif­fer­ent sizes are daily loaded with grains to dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try and abroad.

Sim­i­larly, on Fridays 72 trucks or there about are dis­patched to var­i­ous mar­kets mainly within the coun­try, this is as a re­sult of low turnout of the for­eign busi­ness­men in the mar­ket on Fridays. Be­tween the two mar­ket days, how­ever, about 25 trucks are loaded with grains to dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

The eco­nomic im­pact of Bakori grains mar­ket can­not be overem­pha­sised as youths in the lo­cal govern­ment area and be­yond en­gage them­selves with one busi­ness or the other to sus­tain their lives.

In ad­di­tion, the mar­ket serves as a means of gen­er­at­ing in­ter­nal rev­enue for Bakori Lo­cal Govern­ment Coun­cil and Katsina State Govern­ment.

Us­man Musa, a youth from Bakori town who is into lo­cal rice pro­cess­ing and sell­ing said: “I have fin­ished my NCE pro­gramme since 2007 but I could not se­cure a white col­lar job. So, I ven­tured into this rice busi­ness and I now built my own house and I am mar­ried with a child.”

Us­man said many youths in the area take ad­van­tage of the fa­mous mar­ket where they go as far as Soba, Sam­i­naka, Giwa in Kaduna State and Bida, Kon­tagora in Niger State to buy rice which they lo­cally process at home and pro­vide and take to the grains mar­ket.

Com­pa­nies that are into ed­i­ble oil, bis­cuit, milk yo­ghurt, an­i­mal feeds as well as cot­ton gin­nery and brew­eries form the bulk of cus­tomers in the mar­ket; they send their agents ev­ery week to pur­chase tonnes of soya beans, sorghum and maize.

Some of the com­pa­nies in­clude: Flour Mills Kaduna, West African Cot­ton Com­pany (WA­COT), Nige­rian Brew­eries, Greasely Nigeria Ltd, SONA in­dus­tries La­gos and Owomama In­dus­tries Ijebu Ode. Oth­ers are Tafawa Baleawa Com­pany Kano and ABJ Nigeria Ltd Fun­tua.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that though the mar­ket has a good lo­ca­tion and rel­a­tive se­cu­rity as it is sit­u­ated be­hind Bakori Di­vi­sional Po­lice head­quar­ters, there is an ur­gent need of a commercial bank in the mar­ket or the town to ease the mon­e­tary trans­ac­tions in the mar­ket.

Be­sides the chunk of civil ser­vants in the lo­cal govern­ment area, large sums of money change hands twice in a week but Bakori town has no commercial bank.

John Unoaha, a busi­ness­man from Delta State, lamented the lack of bank in the town, say­ing they have to rely on banks in the neigh­bour­ing Fun­tua town.

Sim­i­larly, Al­haji At­tahiru Maishinkafa, a rice mer­chant from Sokoto State said: “Many of our busi­ness­men from Sokoto axis are no longer pa­tro­n­is­ing Bakori mar­ket for the lack of bank and lodg­ing fa­cil­i­ties, we have to rely on Fun­tua.”

He called on the lo­cal govern­ment au­thor­i­ties and wealthy in­di­vid­u­als to take the ad­van­tage of es­tab­lish­ing a lodg­ing fa­cil­ity in Bakori to max­i­mize their rev­enue gen­er­a­tion and cre­ate jobs.

Bakori grains mar­ket is one of the many big mar­kets in Katsina State that at­tract mer­chants from dif­fer­ent places and sus­tain the econ­omy of the state through rev­enue gen­er­a­tion and pro­vi­sion of jobs and food items.

Among the pop­u­lar mar­kets in the state are Dan­dume grains mar­ket, Sheme cat­tle mar­ket, Ka­fur mar­ket, Mani, Mashi, Mai’adua, Cha­ranchi, Zango and Daura mar­kets.

Trucks load­ing grains from Bakori mar­ket to other parts of the coun­try

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