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Niger Republic bans rice export to Nigeria

The Republic of Niger has banned the re-exportation of rice to Nigeria.
In a circular to all Customs formations and relevant government agencies in Niger, the government said the ban took effect from September 05, 2019.
The Director-General of in charge of Customs Service in the Ministry of Finance in Niamey, Oumarou Amadou, who signed the circular no. 000028/DGD/DRRI/8 dated 05 September, 2019, said all relevant agencies are to comply strictly or face severe sanctions.
Nigeria recently shut its borders against some neighboring countries in a move to stem the tide of smuggled imported white and parboiled rice to encourage local production.
Following this action, the Federal Government if Nigeris set up a task force made up of members of both military and paramilitary agencies and coordinated by the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to enforce compliance.
The Coordinator of Joint Security Taskforce on Exercise Swift Response, Brigadier General Emmanuel Aliyu Ndagi, has commenced on the spot assessment on the implementation and compliance of the operation.
So far, more than 6000 bags of rice have been confiscated within two weeks of operation of the taskforce, while smugglers are groaning as their illicit trades are being hampered by the exercise.