- The act of re-bagging and rebranding local rice as foreign ones is fast becoming a menace in the country
- A farmer in the southeast has revealed that this is now the trend among some dubious Nigerian marketers
- The farmer said that some of the marketers even pierce the bags and take some bowls of the grains and still sell as full 50kg bags
A prominent farmer in the southeast, Cosmas Maduka, has revealed how some Nigerians rebag local rice, re-brand it as foreign ones and sell the product at a very high price.
Moreover, Maduka said that some marketers pierce the bags of rice and after removing some bowls of the grains, they still sell as per 50kg.
He said: "They would carry our rice and re-bag them into a foreign bag and sell. The other thing we heard is that there is something they use in piercing bags of rice to remove some bowls from each bag and still sell the rice that is not up to 50kg to a customer as 50kg."
Substantiating this, Tolu Ogunlesi, the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, said that the criminal trend is promoted by the dubious marketers who take advantage of the difference in price between locally made rice and foreign ones.
Captain Peter Yilme, the commander of Forward Operating Base in Mbo local government area of the state capital, said that the criminals were smuggling 220 bags of rice.
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