As the rage on the use of Sniper pesticide to preserve beans continues, some sellers of the staple food have complained of decline in purchase and heavy losses.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that beans traders in the popular Ketu Produce Market in Lagos and Magboro, Ogun State are already counting their losses as they lamented that consumers now shun one of Nigeria’s popular table food.
NAN reports that news about the use of Sniper in preserving beans broke out last week which has made many consumers to stay away from it.
However, the traders in the popular markets were already feeling the heat as they continued to make heavy losses on the account of boycott by the consumers.
A beans dealer in Ketu market, simply known as Donatus, said he had yet to make any sale since Saturday when he made the last sale of the food item.
“I am surprised by the news, I only noticed that the sale dropped on Saturday but I came to know about the Snipers beans when I asked on Sunday what is going on.
“I was told by a friend in the market that the decline in purchase is due to the news going round that some dealers are using Snipers to preserve the beans.
“If not for other food items, I would have been left with nothing to sell because today, I am yet to make sale,’’ he said.
For Margaret Uche, another beans retailer in Ketu, government should find a way of controlling the situation as it had affected her income.
“Before the news came around I used to sell at least a bag of beans because many of those selling the cooked beans are not coming again because their consumers are not buying.
“The news about the Sniper beans is a bad one, and I want the government to act fast to arrest the culprits because they are destroying our business.