Program on Advocacy Policy Dialogue on Standard Weights and Measures along Rice and Cassava Value Chain in Ogun, Anambra and Ebonyi States
The Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) recognizes the need to adopt the use of quality norms, grades and standards in the marketing of rice and cassava products because of the great challenges being experienced in this sector which borders 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 across the participating States with modest achievement. However a lot is still left to be done to ensure that a greater population of the beneficiaries adopts the use of weight and measures to transact their businesses. 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;
- The traders/farmers are short-changed
- 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. There is also the need for traders/farmers to adopt such standards for measurement. Building on the success of these initiatives, the program wishes to expand the outreach and deepen the successes so far recorded across the Value Chain Development Program States starting with three (3) of the States (Ogun, Anambra and Ebonyi States). NANTS in collaboration with IFAD Value Chain Development Programme conducted an advocacy visit in these three states mentioned. The farmers and commissioners for agriculture for each of the states were met to discuss the need for implementations of standard weight and measures at the markets.