How ex­pired rice pen­e­trates mar­kets – rice millers

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST - From Naz­ifi Dawud Khalid ( Kano) & Lat­i­fat Opoola (Abuja)

The Rice Millers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (RI­MAN) has raised alarm over the smug­gling of ex­pired rice into the coun­try and fraud­u­lently sell­ing it to un­sus­pect­ing cus­tomers as lo­cally pro­duced rice at ex­or­bi­tant prices.

This was re­vealed in a state­ment jointly signed by the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Chair­man and Sec­re­tary, Pe­ter Dama and Sai­fud­deen Ab­dul­rah­man re­spec­tively.

“We have noted with grave con­cern the harm­ful prac­tice per­pe­trated by cer­tain un­scrupu­lous in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies within the rice milling in­dus­try that im­port ex­pired for­eign rice from abroad and fraud­u­lently re-bag such prod­ucts in lo­cal pack­ages to be sold to un­sus­pect­ing cus­tomers as lo­cally grown rice at ex­or­bi­tant prices,” the state­ment said.

“We be­lieve that this prac­tice, apart from threat­en­ing the health and well­be­ing of in­no­cent Nige­ri­ans, also harms the ef­forts of real rice millers and pro­ces­sors who work hard to pro­duce healthy and qual­ity rice in the coun­try,” it added.

RI­MAN also stated that it has al­ready in­formed rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties like the Min­is­ter of Agriculture, the Min­is­ter of Trade and In­vest­ment, the Cen­tral Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nige­rian Cus­toms about its ex­is­tence as the newly founded as­so­ci­a­tion aimed at en­sur­ing that only qual­ity and healthy home-grown rice prod­ucts are al­lowed to be sold in our mar­kets.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion also pro­poses the es­tab­lish­ment of a large out let (like a mall) for lo­cally pro­duced rice brands where mem­bers can dis­play a va­ri­ety of qual­ity and healthy rice prod­ucts by their com­pa­nies in line with the pol­icy of the Buhari Ad­min­is­tra­tion to pro­mote Made in Nigeria goods,” the state­ment fur­ther said.

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