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The Federal Government says it will shut down the land border between Nigeria and a neighbouring country in a few days time to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday while speaking with youths in a leadership clinic under the auspices of Guardians of the Nation International.

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.

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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 said that the Federal Government in two years reduced rice importation by 95 per cent and increased the number of rice farmers from five million to 30 million.

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The minister said that states like Anambra, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa were doing well in rice production.

Okorie noted that the leadership clinic was organised by GOTNI to expose young people to practical leadership principle for life success.