Abakaliki Rice Millers Celebrate Bushel System Return, Price Reduction

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News in brief:
- The Abakaliki Rice Millers Association applauds Governor Francis Nwifuru’s decision to ban scales and reintroduce the traditional 100-cup bushel system.
– This move has significantly lowered rice prices, fostering a fairer and more transparent marketplace, with the stakeholders emphasising the system’s transparency.

The Abakaliki Rice Millers Association has lauded the decision of State Governor Francis Nwifuru to ban the use of scales for measuring rice and reintroduce the traditional 100-cup bushel system. Millers, farmers, and customers all joined in celebrating the news.

The governor’s action has led to a significant reduction in the price of rice as well. Its decision aimed to create a fairer and more transparent marketplace. Ultimately, it is expected to increase economic growth and customer satisfaction in the state.

The association’s chairman, Chukwuma Daniel, praised the governor for enabling both educated and uneducated sellers to participate in the market. He also stressed the transparency of the bushel system, highlighting its ability to prevent fraud and cheating.

Daniel explained that traders used to to sell rice for ₦19,000 to ₦20,000 but the prices have now crashed to between ₦15,000 to ₦17,000.

Also, the association’s secretary, Hon. Ikechukwu Nwede, expressed relief over the end of the scale system. He said that the previous system could be manipulated easily while the bushel system is tamper-proof, ensuring fair and accurate measurements.

Nwede noted that the scale caused a lot of problems at the mill with customers and sellers arguing over discrepancies. He expects this ‘welcome change’ to put an end to cheating altogether.

Mrs. Obasi Martina, a trader, also praised the move because she believes the return to the bushel system will strengthen the revenue of the rice mill and boost the state’s economy.

Additionally, another customer named Mrs. Igwe Eucharia expressed her delight at the price decrease, especially during the festive season. She said it was her first time to buy a bushel of rice since January and sees the reintroduction of the bushel as a positive development that benefits everyone involved.

Joseph Akahome
Joseph Akahome
Joseph O Akahome (OJ) is a writer, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature from the University of Benin. He is an avid agriculturist, with a bias for poultry and an insatiable appetite for chicken wings. When he is neither reading nor researching, he likes to spend recreational time playing board games, or swimming in serene forested lakes.

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