Rice Farmers Urge FG to Stop Importation, Smuggling

Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has lamented massive smuggling and importation of rice which has affected local production adversely and has now become a major source of concern to farmers.

The President of RIFAN, Southwest Zone, Mr Segun Atho, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria, called on the Federal Government to adopt decisive measures to stop the importation and smuggling of rice.

According to Atho, smugglers are seriously killing the acceptability of local rice in the market; we don’t have local rice as much as the foreign one in the markets.

“Government needs to come out and help us to deal with the issue, in order to encourage local rice growers.

“If the Federal Government can review the trade liberalisation scheme and close the borders to smuggled goods, this will help improve the production of local rice in the country,’’ he said.

Atho added that the increase in the production and sale of local rice would encourage other interested citizens to take up farming as a profession.

He also urged the government to invest more in the provision of organic fertiliser, saying there was a need to increase the nation’s capacity in rice production, rather than in the processing of the produce.



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