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Anambra, and four other states have been ranked among the few states doing well in rice production.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh made the disclosure in Abuja while speaking with youths in a leadership clinic under the auspices of Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI).
He said that Federal Government will shut down the land border between Nigeria and a neigbouring country in a few days time to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country.
Chief Ogbeh who did not mention the particular country and border, said that shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country.
The minister said that a neighbouring country was bent on destroying the economy of the country and discouraging local production of rice, hence the need to shut down the border.
He added that the federal government in two years reduced rice importation by ninety –five per cent and increased the number of rice farming from five million to thirty million.

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