by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Barely three weeks after an elaborate ceremony for the unveiling of the second National Maize Pyramid held in Kaduna, report emanated from the area revealed that the maize pyramid has gone rotting and stinking with odour.
Believed to have been abandoned, the unveiled 21 maize pyramids are still intact at the premises where the unveiling ceremony, organized by federal government and CBN, took place in March.
All efforts to speak with commissioner, ministry of agriculture, Kaduna State, proved abortive, even as they lack power to speak to journalists without permission from the governor.
However, confirming the reports to our correspondent, a presidential aspirant, Comrade Abdulkareem Abdul, said it’s obvious that the maize is stinking, from the odour coming out of the place.
During the unveiling ceremony in March last month, President of the Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Alhaji Bello Abubakar Annur, said a total of 180,000 people participated in the 2021 Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria policy on agriculture, titled, ‘Anchor Borrowers’ programs.
Alhaji Abubakar Annur, who made the remarks in an interview with newsmen, said after the unveiling of the pyramid, the maize would be distributed to all the maize millers and maize processors.
According to him, the association is going to uptake and pay directly to the bank on behalf of the farmers.
“Even now, there is sale sufficiency of the maize in Nigeria because the total number of tons of maize needed from the maize millers in Nigeria is about 16 million tons, while the other ones for the domestic use and the other maize processing companies is only 4 million tons.
“So, as at last year, we produced 20 million tons, which means we have now satisfied the demands of all maize millers and other human consumption. So, with these ones that your seen here, even now, the impact of this pyramid has yielded very good results, because by the time we have raised the pyramid, the price of maize has fallen down because before then, price of maize per hundred kg was about N23,000 to N25,000.
“But when we started this pyramid, other grain merchants that were hoarding maize started bringing it out because they know that once we release this one to maize millers, the price will crash down.
“While the other maize millers are not going to the market to buy, they are waiting for this one to buy from us. So now, the price has come down. So, the other people, who are less privileged, are buying maize now for N19,000 to N20,000, meaning that somewhere the price is coming down now.”
But up till the time our correspondent visited the area with the presidential aspirant, the maize pyramids at NDA bus stop were still intact and covered up and down.