Nigeria: Rice farmers want FG to sustain border closure

In a bid to enhance rice farming in the country, the Federal Government has been urged to sustain its current border closure.


Alhaji Idris Abini, the chairman of Niger state chapter of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) made the call in Minna during an interview on Sunday.


Abini said that the closure has increased rice production in the state due to increased demand by marketers and consumers.


“Although we are yet to meet local demand for rice.


“We have started the journey to produce more rice due to the closure of our borders because efforts will be made by both government and farmers to produce enough food.


“The border closure is a right step in the right direction because it is already increasing wealth among farmers as consumers are beginning to patronise our local rice,” he said.


He said that Nigeria has different varieties of rice that can compete favourably with foreign ones.


The RIFAN chairman said that the closure would ensure security in the country as smuggling of illegal arms and ammunition would be curtailed.


“Those criticising the closure of the borders are not a true Nigerians because it is one of the best decisions of this administration,” he said.


Abini expressed optimism that the policy would succeed as government was providing the enabling environment for agriculture to thrive by supporting farmers with inputs and implements.

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