FG to shut down land border to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into Nigeria

The Federal Government had said it would shut down land border between Nigeria and a neighbouring country in a few days to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, disclosed this while speaking with youths in a leadership clinic under the auspices of Guardians of the Nation International.

Ogbeh 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. The minister said a neighbouring country was bent on destroying the economy of the country and discouraging local production of rice, hence the need to shut down the border.

He said that the Federal Government in two years reduced rice importation by 95 per cent and increased the number of rice farmers from five million to 30 million. The minister said states like Anambra, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kano and Jigawa were doing well in rice production.

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