The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has lauded the move by the Federal Government to shut down an undisclosed neighbouring country’s border to end rice smuggling into the country.
President, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Alhaji Aminu Goronyo, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja, where he said the move will encourage local rice production.
According to him, “If adequate measure is not taken to stop the activities of the smugglers, it would have adverse effects on the bumper harvests expected from the rice revolution and create rice glut. It is a step in the right direction to ensure self-sufficiency for the country to make progress, crash the market prices of locally produced rice and for the huge investment on rice production to be meaningful.”
Goronyo stressed that before now RIFAN had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigeria Customs Service to fight rice smuggling through land borders into the country.
He further appreciated the presidency for its policies geared towards augmenting rice production in the country and urged all hands to be on deck to support the government.