- The federal government has been commended for shutting land borders across Nigeria
- The rice farmers in Nigeria said the move by the FG will increase productivity of his members across the country
- According to the farmers, Nigerians have been consuming chemical preserved rice from most countries
Rice farmers in Nigeria have commended the federal government for shutting down land borders in a bid to end rice smuggling across Nigeria.
Reacting to the announcement made by the minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh, the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) said the move is commendable, Vanguard reports.
The national president of RIFAN, Aminu Goronyo, said the move by the government will save the country billions of naira spent on rice importation on daily basis from Thailand and other countries, and increase productivity of his members across the country.
Goronyo said Nigerians have been consuming chemical preserved rice from most countries, and have, therefore, become carriers of cancer-related diseases, aside from negatively impacting the economy.
“It is a good move by the government for the entire country because huge amount of money has been spent on rice importation from Thailand," Goronyo said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government had announced its plans to shut down the land border between Nigeria and a neigbouring country within a few days.
Ogbeh said the move by the FG will avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country.
The minister who did not mention the particular country and border, said shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country. Nigeria shares borders with Niger, Chad, Benin and Cameroon.
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