Border closure: We will produce enough rice for Nigerians to consume —Rice farmers

Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, Gombe State part has said that the closure of Nigeria’s territory borders by the Federal Government is a positive development as it will help local generation.   Kalagar Lubo, State secretary of RIFAN said this in a telephone interview with our journalist on Tuesday in Gombe.   He stated with the downpour in October, farmers will have sufficient rice yields which will match local consumption.   Lubo noticed that it was feasible for the rice farmers to nourish the nation after which they will export rice over the globe. Lubo said that the closure of the border will cut down the expense of production and the farmers will understand the cash utilized in planting.   “With the extension of rains to the end of october, the yield will be good. The home production is very good, first it is fresh and the value is good. If the border is opened the farmer will not have it good. When you buy a bag at N10,000, it will cost you just N20,000 for two bags. When you go to the market, a bag of foreign rice is sold at N18,000.”   He encouraged consumers to consider local rice as a healthy alternative as local rice exists without stones adding that the benefit of local raise intake greatly outweighs the demerits.   “Nigerians for who they are, or human nature for what it is, people have a taste for what comes from outside. Local rice is fresh, unlike foreign rice that spends years before coming to your homes. At RIFAN, once we attain self-sufficiency, then we export our local rice to other parts of the world” he added.   Lubo added that border closure has several advantages for the country’s development.   “Naturally borders are supposed to be monitored, for those going in and out. It has been so relaxed that goods and people come in. Now that the border has been closed we have multiple benefits, security wise, weapons can not be smuggled easily, people will be checked and contraband can’t come in. Because people are not used to it, they will react negatively but with time people will get used to it.”

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