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Nigeria II - Day 6

Friday - Today we drove two hours or so to a town called Garaku. There we met with probably two dozen beekeepers and eight or so honey marketers. Once again the overwhelming majority of the beekeepers use the traditional bees-in-a-log hive.

   Amusingly, when I asked what a typical honey price here was there was a hubub and finally someone informed me "the beekeepers are shy to name a price with the honey marketers here." So I told them just name a price they'd be totally comfortable selling it to them for or something. Finally I was informed that the beekeepers couldn't afford to sell their honey for less than 15,000 niara / 20 liter jerrycan ($94.94) and the marketers wouldn't buy honey for more than 10,000 niara per ($63.29).
   I tried to dispell their awkwardness by pointing out that in the US, beekeepers sell their honey directly to the consumer for $6-8/lb (and I've seen it in the store for $10-12!), or that which they don't have the time / market to sell directly they sell to bulk honey dealers for appx$1.70 (this number goes up and down like the price of gas but it's generally in that range).
   After converting liters to gallons to pounds (honey = 12 lbs / gallon) to dollars to niaras we figured out that would be 16,116N for the jerrycan at the bulk rate and 56,880N at $6.

   Anyway the group had many questions for me and ended up asking if I could come back another day. We have a lot of communities to visit though so I don't know.

   Leaving there we stopped by the village to meet my host (the YMCA Agg director)'s aunt. This was fun because I'd never really been in a village before. There were lots of interesting things to see in there, like a grane silo-hut-thing I don't even know how to describe (but fortunately got pictures).

   Down one street we saw a crowd and someone appeared to be dancing about in a head-to-toe costume of feathers with a mask on, which I was excited about but Ango hurried us the other direction. I don't know if he was just in a hurry and didn't think it was interesting or actively didn't want us to see it.

   Another interesting thing I learned today is that while there are traintracks crisscrossing Nigeria, the trains haven't run at all in over ten years. Similarly, while Nigeria is a major oil producer and exporter, they're also a major oil IMPORTER because all of their refineries are run down. And I've seen a lot of seemingly abandoned not-terribly-old construction equipment sitting with flat tires getting overgrown.
   At least in the case of the trains, I'm informed the trucking companies are all against the trains being revitalized.

Pictures from today

I had taken the time to write a caption for each one and then when I hit save the browser borked and lost them all. Argh. Well I'm not rewriting them tonight. d:

Tags: africa, agdev, nigeria, travel, travelogues

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