About 100 trucks loaded with onions have left Sokoto State for other African countries, following the recent crisis in Sasa market, Ibadan, Oyo State, according to Daily Trust.
It was said that 27 onion dealers were killed in the crisis, while 14 trucks were razed.
However, Aliyu Isa, the National President of Onion Producers and Marketers, denied that the decision to export the produce was as a result of the recent crisis in Sasa.
But the newspaper noted that it was the first documented onion export witnessed in the country, which comes less than two weeks after the crisis.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, which took place at Illela border post, Isa claimed that the world is witnessing global onion crisis due to the outbreak of purple blotch and Downey mildew in 2019, as well as the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that in Nigeria, the situation was further complicated by the flooding of 2020, which he noted made it difficult to attain annual onion domestic demands, adding that Nigeria produces 1.4 million metric tonnes of onion every year, from which the country exports to all other African countries except Niger Republic and Egypt.
He said that before now, exporters spend not less than N1 million to export their produce through the informal way, but now that they have officially documented it; hence they would spend only N100,000.
In his remarks, the comptroller of Customs in charge of Sokoto and Zamfara States, Abdulhameed Ma’aji, said they have provided advanced solutions to ease the exportation of made in Nigeria products.
The strike embarked upon by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) in the southern part of the country has entered the third day.
The body had demanded N475 billion compensation from the Federal Government for the loss of its members and property during the Sasa crisis and the #EndSARS protests in 2020.