RIFAN advises Buhari govt not to re-open borders

RIFAN advises Buhari govt not to re-open borders

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to sustain its current border closure.

Alhaji Idris Abini, the chairman of Niger state chapter, made the call in Minna during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday.

“Although we are yet to meet local demand for rice, we have started the journey to produce more 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.

“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 added 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.