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'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Racoon(m): 7:45pm On Oct 12, 2019
A Pan-Africa non-governmental organisation (NGO), Feed Africa Advocacy Network (FAAN) has declared that the recent border closure by the federal government which has triggered an astronomical increase in the prices of some food has exposed the reality that Nigeria is far from meeting domestic needs.

The closure has led to a sharp increase in the prices of some major foods, including rice, questioning official claim that the country is self-sufficient in rice production.

A 50 kilogram bag of local UMZA rice goes for about N19,500 as against N14,000-N15,000 before the border closure while another local brand, Big Bull sells for about N21,000 now as against N15,000 earlier.

At a briefing in Abuja, the Executive Director FAAN, Chika Okeke said the border closure with the attendant spike in the price of rice and other food items was indicative that local production of such foods is not enough to satisfy domestic demand.

Acccording to him, the border closure is a blessing in disguise as it has now exposed the gap in local production, advising the goverment and farmers to cash in on this and focus on boosting domestic production with a view to discouraging smuggling and dependence on foreign foods.

He lamented that the allocation of N83 billion to the agriculture sector in the 2020 budget proposal was abysmal and needed to be revisited.

Okeke canvassed a supplementary budget to meet some of the critical needs required to stimulate the growth of the sector, regretting that the 2020 budgetary allocation for the sector is not in tandem with government’s pronouncements about taking agriculture seriously.

“The budget is not sufficient. It is no where close to what we expected. It is not close to where we are coming from and it will not take us to where we are going to.

“There is a need for a supplementary allocation for agriculture if we must walk the talk of diversification of the economy.The federal government needs to revisit the allocation to the sector.

“So, we need to do more as a country. Africa cannot feed itself if Nigeria is not food sufficient. So for as long as Nigeria continues to sneeze–as far as budget is concerned, Africa will catch cold, ” he said.

Okeke said it was disturbing that at a time when other countries are tapping into new opportunities in the agricultural sector by allocating huge budgets, Nigeria’s budget is on the decline.

“For Africa to feed itself, Nigeria first needs to be self sufficient. We need investment to stimulate key sectors of the economy as far as agricultural value chain is concerned,” he said.

On border closure, Okeke commended the federal government for taking such a bold step, advising President Muhammadu Buhari not to pander to pressure to reverse the action.

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Racoon(m): 7:55pm On Oct 12, 2019
No matter how far lies have traveled, the truth always overtakes it.The government have unwittingly exposed itself over it numerous lies of the nation's self-sufficiency in Rice production.

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by ForeThinker: 8:03pm On Oct 12, 2019
We will overcome.....last last na garri sure pass

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Gaddafi1: 8:03pm On Oct 12, 2019
Necessity as they say is the mother of invention. The recent closure of the broader will make Nigerians go into large scale and mechanized farming to cash in on the high cost of these products.
This will eventually bring the price down and make them available. I support closure of the boarder.

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Asowebdesign: 8:03pm On Oct 12, 2019
Propaganda

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by sonnie10: 8:04pm On Oct 12, 2019
If you want to be sure of eating rice this Christmas, you better buy now and store it somewhere. Rice might not even be available in the market anymore by December.

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by IamR: 8:04pm On Oct 12, 2019
Border closure really showed that rice is the major staple food we eat in Nigeria.

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:04pm On Oct 12, 2019
Slow and steady we will get to a New and better Nigeria.

Nigeria will be great again in our lifetime.

We remain positive.

God bless Nigeria.

goldfish27:
who do you this thing
nigeria can never be grate with these crop of leaders and followers
We pray that prayer is for only you and your people.
Illiterate that cannot even spell ordinary 'great'!
Disappointment of a wailer!

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Iogobenz(m): 8:04pm On Oct 12, 2019
cheesy
Area4area and co,come and see o.
Self sufficiency kee you there!

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Digipro: 8:05pm On Oct 12, 2019
Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by yomalex(m): 8:05pm On Oct 12, 2019
Okay o
Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by WonderManly(m): 8:05pm On Oct 12, 2019
Wetin concern me self...

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by neweraomo: 8:05pm On Oct 12, 2019
F""ing country

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Litmus: 8:05pm On Oct 12, 2019
No matter how far lies have traveled, the truth always overtakes it.The government have unwittingly exposed itself over it numerous lies of the nation's self-sufficiency in Rice production.


thought that this was the Government's point in the first place. Nigeria isn’t self sufficient because of reliance on importation and cross border importation of goods. Govt closed borders in order to force Nigerians to produce the relevant products for which Nigeria relied upon the neighbouring Nations that imported these items from abroad, circumventing Nigeria’s drive for self-reliance

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by gambia(m): 8:05pm On Oct 12, 2019
And i advised buhari on this ooo angry angry
Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Young03(m): 8:06pm On Oct 12, 2019
My mama don CA me say she don buy adani rice for me, she don even help remove the stones inside


Border closure or not I go sti dey chop even if na onyonyo

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by madenigga(m): 8:06pm On Oct 12, 2019
Nigeria is already self sufficient its just that people are naturally greedy. Since they closed the border they assumed a monopoly and increased there prices then blame the border closure for it?

If the Fg can regulate the prices of this things it would help.

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by chinjo(m): 8:06pm On Oct 12, 2019
Buhari govt said it has achieved self sufficiency in rice production just the way they said they have defeated Boko Haram.

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by oluwasegun007(m): 8:07pm On Oct 12, 2019
Baba would still not believe this..
Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by ubandawaki: 8:07pm On Oct 12, 2019
Hoarding need to be seriously dealt with also and there should be price control of commodities by the government.

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by tosine102: 8:09pm On Oct 12, 2019
Next level grin

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Octopusssy(f): 8:09pm On Oct 12, 2019
83 billion is abysmal

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Dee60: 8:09pm On Oct 12, 2019
Ok. No comment.

Actually, border closure means more than that!

We have Customs and yet we cannot police our borders. What is that?

So, now we pay Customs officers with public tax, and we leave them idle - How efficient is that?

I think we have gross deficiency in thinking!"

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by vaca1: 8:10pm On Oct 12, 2019
Open border joor. Self sufficient my foot. It can't never be met

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by Jaqenhghar: 8:10pm On Oct 12, 2019
Truth is Niggerians are not producers by nature. No matter how hard you try or how much pain you inflict they will just find a way around .
For over 30 years frequent talk about making the shithole a manufacturing hub but it wont work. You cant change people's nature

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by FarahAideed: 8:11pm On Oct 12, 2019
It was all a lie all along !!! Where are the farm? Where ? The truth is that most Nigerian farmers have been chased of their farms by bandits

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by obi4eze: 8:11pm On Oct 12, 2019
grin
Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by RichBoy247: 8:11pm On Oct 12, 2019
chinjo:
Buhari govt said it has achieved self sufficiency in rice production just the way they said they have defeated Boko Haram.

I thought Goatluck Jonathan and Adesina Akinwunmi the AfDB President have produced rice to feed the whole of Africa

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by RZArecta2(m): 8:11pm On Oct 12, 2019
There’s rice in Kano grin

That dolt Bashir Ahmed was actually surprised a few days ago when he saw the real figures concerning Benin republic rice imports and its relationship with Nigeria, it exposed the lack of information and coordination surrounding the cretins in Aso Rock and their policy formulation yet the sycophants like Nairaland BMC zombies and MURIC say Buhari is the best thing after akamu grin

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Re: 'Border Closure Exposes Nigeria's Deficiency In Local Rice Production' by tokrizy: 8:11pm On Oct 12, 2019
Tuwo rice


D rice go come make u feel as if u no sabi cook..tcheeeew

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