The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has raised the alarm over increased smuggling of unwholesome food items into the country occasioned by the approaching festive season.
A statement signed by the Director of Information in the ministry, Blessing Lere-Adams said: “The attention of the Ministry of Agriculture has been drawn to the alarming rate at which unpatriotic Nigerians are smuggling agricultural products into the country. “The products include rice, frozen fish and poultry products (Turkey and Chicken) through the border routes, especially as Christmas and New Year approaches.”
The statement maintained that the importation of rice and frozen fish and poultry products through land borders was illegal and prohibited, warning that the Federal Government would deal decisively with any person, organisations and shop owners, among others, involved in the nefarious activities.
The Federal Government warned that there are serious health hazards associated with illegally imported frozen products due to failure to maintain the cold chain and wrong handling of the products.