Open Up Borders For Foreign Rice To Come In – Rice Dealers

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    By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
    Rice Dealers in Igbudu Market in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State on Thursday said the increase in the price of foreign rice has made Deltans and indeed  Nigerians to patronize locally made rice.
    The Rice Dealers disclosed this in a chat with our correspondent at the market.
    They said the recent closure of border by the Nigerian Customs Service causes a great increase in prices of foreign rice products.
    One of the rice dealers, Alero Edema said a bag of foreign rice which she formerly sells for eighteen thousand naira (N18,000) is now sold for twenty two thousand naira (22,000)  in Warri.
    She also said the increase in the price of foreign rice has equally caused a slight change in the price of locally made rice.
    Edema said, “A bag of locally made rice was N15,000 but now it is N16,000. It is a good business but the Government should tell Customs to open up the border for foreign rice to come in. It is good we sell foreign and local rice together.”
    Another rice dealer, Elohor Happiness who also spoke with Our Correspondent corroborated the claims of her colleague saying, “Some Nigerians who cannot buy the bag of foreign rice again. Now, they buy cups or baskets as a result of the increase in price.”
    Another rice dealer simply identified as Dorcas Onome also beared her thoughts on the matter.
    Dorcas dismissed as a rumor that Officials are raiding rice dealers still selling foreign products in the markets and commercials within Warri and its environs.
    She however apealed to the Federal Government that the borders be opened to enable the price of rice reduced again for Nigerians to buy.

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