The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has urged the Enugu State House of Assembly to enact a law prohibiting the use of tins and cans to sell grains.
The Programme Director of the Enugu State IFAD/FGN Assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), Dr. Edward Isiwu, gave the advice in Enugu at a meeting with stakeholders to highlight 365 days scorecard of what IFAD VCDP had achieved in the state.
He said outlawing the use of cans and tins to sell grains would help consumers to enjoy what they bought from markets, using accurate measuring machines.
He lamented that most times, the quantity written on bags of grains was not the actual content.
Isiwu said IFAD VCDP Enugu was making interventions in Aninri, Enugu East, Nkanu East, Isi Uzo and Udenu local governments, which were selected, based on the capacity for rice and cassava production, processing and marketing value chains.
He said among the activities and projects the agency had done in the last one year in the affected communities were solar powered boreholes, market stalls and stores, bridges and culverts, land development, rice processing mills and cassava processing centres.
Isiwu said farmers were trained and supported in capacities, including standard weight and measures.
“It will be to the glory of Enugu State for the House of Assembly to enact laws prohibiting the use of tins and cans to sell rice and cassava.
“Many consumers do not enjoy what they buy from the markets because the quantity written on bags is not what they contain.
“We have trained farmers and youths in the use of standard weight and measures. We want an end to the ongoing rip-off of our people. We equally don’t want our farmers to suffer in vain
“Therefore, I urge the Enugu State Government to do something on that as this is IFAD stipulation,” he said.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Matthew Idu, expressed delight about the 365 days scorecard analysis for VCDP in Enugu State, saying the state and federal governments were satisfied with the level of programmes and projects IFAD VCDP had done in communities in Enugu State.