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Agriculture: Smuggling Of Foreign Rice Threatening Our Confidence, Says Local Rice Miller .

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There is even high demand for rice by consumer

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[Let them try to make it clean for humans use

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We need made in the country

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Let's all embrace on agriculture ,produce ours n export either.
Smuguling is bad

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That's true, wake up Naija

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Smuggling Of Foreign Rice Threatening Our Confidence, Says Local Rice Millers

Babatunde Ajibola, Head, Media and Communications, Elephant Group Plc, on Friday in Lagos said that massive rice smuggling into the country was threatening the confidence and ability of local rice millers and farmers.
By The Eagle Online On Feb 8, 2019
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Babatunde Ajibola, Head, Media and Communications, Elephant Group Plc, on Friday in Lagos said that massive rice smuggling into the country was threatening the confidence and ability of local rice millers and farmers.
Ajibola said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the outcome of rice stakeholders meeting on Thursday in Lagos.
He noted that a visit to major rice markets, such as Iddo, Daleko, Ketu, Mile 12, Alaba and Sango-Ota, revealed that the various brands on display were imported with few or no local ones.
He said: “This unprecedented flooding of the nation’s major markets with smuggled imported rice is of great concern to investors in rice, Agro companies and farmers in spite of government’s ban on the products.
“We highlighted at the stakeholders meeting we just-concluded now, that almost all the varieties of rice in the market presently are foreign and they come through the land borders.
“This is happening in spite of the fact that the importation of the product by land is prohibited.
“Smuggling of foreign rice into the country has become a big business which calls for a serious attention.
“The influx of smuggled rice has rendered local rice milling companies and farmers inactive as the local rice produced are not patronised due to difference in their prices.
“This of course, does not encourage local production or help in boosting investors’ confidence in the rice industry.”
Ajibola noted that rice smuggling into the country would soon translate into massive job loss for Nigerians working in the local rice production companies.
He called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the massive smuggling of rice into country if its quest to encourage local production was anything to by.
Ajibola said that millers and farmers had invested heavily on the local production of rice in line with the government agricultural plan.
He said the Federal Government’s plan to boost local production of rice by placing ban on the importation of foreign rice might not work as local rice would not be able to compete with foreign rice.
Ajibola said that while smugglers were smiling to the bank, major Nigerian key players in the local rice business were gnashing their teeth and slipping into debt.
He said that smuggled rice also posed serious health hazard for consumers as some had expired.

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Edo, Elephant Group, To Cultivate 1, 155 Hectares Of Cassava
Governor Godwin Obaseki, stated this when the group, a private concern, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin.
By The Eagle Online On Apr 3, 2018
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The Edo Government said on Tuesday that it would, in partnership with Elephant Group PLC, grow 1,155 hectares of cassava in the state.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, stated this when the group, a private concern, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin.
Obaseki said the cassava project was in line with his administration’s plan to create over 200,000 jobs in four years especially through agriculture.
He described the planned project as a model of job creation for the youths in the state, adding that his administration would provide the necessary infrastructure for its actualisation.
He said: “We will support the cassava project in terms of infrastructure and construction of roads to link the farms for easy evacuation of the produce.
“We also need to bring the Benin Electric Distribution Company to give power supply to the cassava processing facilities.”
Earlier, the leader of the group, Dr Tony Bello, said about 420 cassava farmers had already been drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state for the project.
According to him, the farmers will be engaged in the pilot scheme of the project, which is targeted at producing 20 tonnes of cassava per hectare.
Bello said the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending were ready to invest N214 million in the project.
He said the investment would be under the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Federal Government.
He said: “We are investing about $6 million in cassava transformation for staple food in Edo state.
“We want to do 850 of the 1,155 hectares in the first phase.
“We pray that the state engages the at least 100 Edo agriculture entrepreneurs in the venture.”



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Ogun Customs Reinvigorates Effort To Ensure Arrests For Every Seizure
The State Area Controller of the Command, Sani Madugu, made this known while briefing newsmen on the seizures made by the command in the last two weeks at the Idiroko axis of the Ogun Area Command
By The Eagle Online On Mar 25, 2018

The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has said its new operational system is geared towards ensuring that every seizure of smuggled items must have arrested suspects.
The State Area Controller of the Command, Sani Madugu, made this known while briefing newsmen on the seizures made by the command in the last two weeks at the Idiroko axis of the Ogun Area Command.
Madugu said the Command has reinvigorated efforts towards the apprehension and prosecution of smugglers to serve as deterrent to others.
He said: “The era of abandoned seizure without suspect has gone.”
He added that two suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures made within the last two weeks at the Idiroko axis and they will soon be charged to court.
The Customs boss said his command is redoubling its effort to tackle smuggling, as smuggling will break the economy of Nigeria if not checked.
Madugu said: “This (smuggling) will break the economy of Nigeria if not checked, that is why we are redoubling our efforts to tackle it.”
He listed items seized in the massive seizure as 20 vehicles with duty paid value of N144,324,050; 18 vehicles used as means of conveyance with duty paid value of N10,129,425; 1,060 bags of rice with duty paid value of N10,812,000; and second-hand clothings (five sacks and 30 bales) with duty paid value of N1,300,000.
He listed others to include eight motorcycles with duty paid value of N400,000; Vegetable oil (158 kegs) with duty paid value of N948,000; frozen poultry products (259 cartons destroyed) with duty paid value of N1,554,000; and petrol (150 kegs, auctioned) with duty paid value of N300,000.

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NCS Intercepts Smuggled Rice Concealed In Petrol Tank
The Comptroller for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara Command of NCS, Nasir Ahmad, made the disclosure to newsmen on Friday in Sokoto.
By The Eagle Online On Mar 2, 2018
The Nigeria Customs Service says it has arrested a suspect in Sokoto who allegedly smuggled 460 bags of imported rice concealed in a petrol tank.
The Comptroller for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara Command of NCS, Nasir Ahmad, made the disclosure to newsmen on Friday in Sokoto.
Ahmad said the smuggled items, which were intercepted along Sokoto-Illela road, had N7.8 million duty paid value.
He said when the bags of rice were removed from the tank they had been contaminated by black oil, which is dangerous to human health.
The controller advised smugglers to find alternative legal means of livelihood and stop undermining the nation’s economy.
He solicited for relevant information from the public to assist the command track down smugglers.

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[ @abayomioluwaoje: ] Smuggling, a big threat to the local producers...

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That's a warning

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Yeah exactly

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Thanks for the update...
Keep updating

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Thanks for the info

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what threat! a bag of rice is 25 thousand naira, let the borders be opened so you can face competition

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Let us not bring down our confidence in our rice production

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May god continue to help us all

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[ @braiharuna5: ] nice talk

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Say no to smuggling of foreign rice.It does not help.Lets promote internal industry.

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We are so used to the foreign rice that only few Nigeria's eat local rice

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[ @[email protected]: ] See what we are doing to ourselves

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How e dey sup now them these werey dey craze sha ni.

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They should stop foreign rice

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Local farmers are really trying joo. Let the government help them

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Federal government should also open boder for bring rice in.rice is too cost to buy

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Our best is not enough, our production is not enough.

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i remembered those days of plastic rice in Nigeria

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[ @abayomioluwaoje: ] Smuggling, a big threat to the local producers...

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Abubakar nasiru
Smuggling, a big threat to the local producers... [/quote]

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It is not possible for him to threaten us agriculture to man is a free thing he can not smuggle rice and still threaten usroll:Federal government should also open boder for bring rice in.rice is too cost to buy

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I feel for these local rice farmers. Smuggling has reduced them to nothing

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Thanks for the update

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W d f r t t. y I I f q. e y o p t

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Maxyy
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