Bandits collecting ‘harvest fees’ from Zamfara, Katsina farmers before they are allowed to harvest their farm produce

Bandits who have taken over some communities in Zamfara and Katsina states are reportedly demanding “Harvest Fees” before they allow farmers harvest their crops in peace.

Farmers made this revelation to BBC Hausa. The farmers were forced to pay bandits to allow them access to their farms at the beginning of the planting season. Now that it’s time to harvest their crops, the bandits are demanding as much as 900,000 Naira from farmers in certain villagers before they will allow them carry on harvesting.

Northern youths took to Twitter to complain about this while explaining that this is one of the reasons for the expensive cost of foodstuff in the markets.

See tweets below.

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