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The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Heinekan Lokpobiri has warned that, if Nigerians failed to stop smuggling food items and other commodities to the country, it might lead to killing of Nigeria made products.
Lokpobiri who spoke at the campaign against “illegal importation of food and indiscriminate use of chemicals on food items” in Abuja, reafirmed that, that smuggling activities in Nigeria remains a killer to the nation’s economy.
He added that, there is need to discourage traders from buying and selling smuggled goods, saying encourging local products would boost the Nation’s ecomony.
“it is either we kill smuggling or smuggling will kill this nation, it is a challenge to our economy hence we must discourage farmers and traders from purchasing smuggled product”.
The Minister also noted that there is need to promote and ensure sustainability of the campaign, as most of the imported food items poses threat to the human health and promise to encourage and promote the campaign against consumption of imported items which are poisonous to health.
Also speaaking at the event, the Women wing leader,National Association of Nigeria, Traders Ruth Agbo, said there is need for government and every citizen to rise up against illegal Importation of food items into the country, claiming that it has reduced the value of local made products in the market.
Agbo added that the campaign aims at promoting Nigeria Farmers and processors, to make Nigeria a net exporter of grains, growth for the local market and growth for the Nigeria economy, and discourage the use of chemicals on food items as well as discourage illegal importation of food items
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