The Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, on Monday commenced investigation into rice smuggling in the country, with a public hearing in Abuja.

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Saraki said that activities of smugglers were a threat to Nigeriaís self-sufficiency in rice production and must be dealt with in the interest of citizens.

He said that in spite of the present administrationís effort to make food sufficiency a cardinal policy, it was faced with rising level of smuggling at various borders.

He cautioned that if not nipped in the bud, the situation would adversely affect the growth of the local market and revenue generation among others.