Jakande Fruit Market Maize Sellers Association, Ketu, Lagos, says it has made the disposal of maize husks and other vegetable wastes from the market easy with immediate evacuation. The association’s Vice Chairman, Mr Lawal Nurudeen, who made the assertion in an interview on Monday, said the collection and disposal of the maize husk from the market was organised in a way that it was evacuated immediately the corn is sifted.
“The waste truck that takes the maize husks and other perishable vegetable waste are stationed daily at the road corner near the market.
“The truck is different from the ones arranged by the market association that collect mixed waste from the market. “Wheelbarrow pushers, over 20 of them, who carry the vegetable waste mainly maize husks from the market to offload them into the truck are at hand, he disclosed.
“The boys are paid by the maize sellers and they in turn have their own payment agreements with the truck driver. “The husks are taken to the factory that turns them into fertiliser that are sold back to farmers to use on their farms.’’
Nurudeen said that the truck collecting the maize husks and other valuable vegetable wastes did not accept any other type of wastes. He said that with this way, the sellers on their own started sorting out the waste to make it easy for the companies that needed them.
The vice-chairman said that some other groups in the market could also sort their waste for easy collection and disposal if companies indicated interest in using them as raw materials.
He said that farmers sent the maize sold in the market straight from their farms with each bag of maize properly identified as belonging to a particular farmer.
Nurudeen said the maize were sold to customers by the sellers on behalf of the farmers. He said that the association only collected ground rent from the sellers and the buyers, while the money from the sales were taken to the farmers.
Nurudeen added that the association also supervised the sale of the maize brought by farmers to ensure that their money was taken to them. He said the market had been functioning like that and that there had never been problems or complaints by farmers. (NAN)