Advocacy and Policy Dialogue on Standard Weights and Measures for Cassava and Rice Value Chain farmers in Six States
In Nigeria, less than 10% of traders and farmers adopt the culture of weights and measures. Some of the things being measured and weighed by traders and farmers include meat, grains (rice, beans, and wheat), tubers and roots (cassava, yam, and potatoes), etc. The common measurement tools in Nigerian markets include; cups, mudu, bottles, weighing scale, etc. The implications of these kinds of measurements are:
i. The traders/farmers are short-changed
ii. The final consumers(buyers) are short-changed
Therefore, there is the need for a decisive effort at providing equitable standard of measurement that is nationally acceptable and approved by agencies responsible as well as the need for traders/farmers to adopt such standards for measurement.
For this cause, IFAD in collaboration with National Association of Nigerian Traders through the Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) recognizes the need to adopt the use of quality grades and standards in the marketing of rice and cassava products because of the great challenges being experienced in this sector which bothers on trust. To a large extent VCDP has promoted the use of standard weights and measures by farmers, small scale processors and marketers in the last three years of the program. The use of this system has been implemented across the participating States with modest achievement. Thus far, the program has been implemented accross six states namely; Ogun, Anambra, Ebonyi, Benue, Niger and Taraba States.