Despite the fact that Nigeria is world’s largest producer of cassava, India has reportedly started importation of Garri into Nigeria market.
There has been outrage among Nigerians after a lady, Ronke Aderionoye, allegedly spotted an pack of Garri imported from India in a Nigeria store.
Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world with an annual output of 45 million metric tons.
Recall that there was a ban on importation of cassava flour in 2012, but the ban was eventually lifted and a duty fee of 50% imposed on cassava products importation.
Nigerians believe the lift on ban of cassava import products might be the reason something as surplus as Garri is being imported to Nigeria.
The outrage by Nigerians include the fact that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is not favourable to manufacturers in Nigeria, who find it difficult to get NAFDAC approval on products while the same agency allegedly accept bribes from foreign manufacturers to import substandard products into the country.
Meanwhile, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Malam Garba Sheu has proclaimed Nigeria as the second largest producer of rice in the world.
He said this at a special interactive session with the youths organised by Citizens Support for Good Governance in Nigeria (SGGN) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.