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Minister Express Concern Over Illegal Importation Of Rice 

Minister Express Concern Over Illegal Importation Of Rice

Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammed Abubakar has expressed concern over increased illegal importation of rice through land borders.

According to GREENBARGE REPORTERS, the minister expressed concern at a meeting in Abuja with the Steering Committee of the National Taskforce on the illegal importation of rice through land borders.

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Dr. Mohammed Abubakar said, “the ministry is very concerned about the increase in smuggling and has convened this meeting to discuss critical issues in order to strategise and come up with concrete measures to enable the committee carry out its duties effectively.

”The resumed smuggling of foreign rice, especially through the land borders, is constituting a serious threat to these achievements. Therefore, if the smuggling is left unchecked it will jeopardize all government efforts to enhance the domestic rice industry and make them ineffective.

”The Federal Government and the private sector have invested a lot of resources in rice production and processing over the years, because of the government’s commitment to the development of the sub-sector through its various interventions.Information Guide Nigeria

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“The Ministry has been supporting farmers, especially smallholders and rice processors, with quality seeds of improved varieties, production and processing machinery, and equipment.

”Also, the provision of modern rice mills of various capacities, parboilers, dryers, colour sorters, in order to boost rice production and improve the quality and competitiveness of domestic rice.

”The Nigerian rice industry has recorded significant progress in terms of investments due to an increase in the quality and quantity of the milled rice and it has, in turn, increased the competitiveness, consumer preference, and patronage of our milled rice.

”There is no better time than now to maintain the rice production momentum, in order to achieve self-sufficiency for food and nutrition security, job creation, wealth generation, and import substitution”.

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GREENBARGE REPORTERS adds that the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, retired Colonel Hameed Ali in his response said, ”The Nigerian Customs Service cannot fight alone in the operation of the border patrol, but needs other security agencies, such as the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, to beef up the joint operations of the taskforce.”

Alhaji Dahiru Ado who is currently the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Trade Malpractice applauded the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Nigerian Customs Service and other partners for their efforts in tackling the illegal importation of rice adding that his committee will apprehend companies that are involved in the illegal importation of rice.JAMB Result

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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