Farmers ask FG to set up yam conditioning centres to boost exports
In order to export quality yam produce abroad, the Yam Farmers, Processors, and Marketing Association of Nigeria have appealed to the Federal Government to establish modern yam conditioning centres.
This appeal was made by Prof. Simon Irtwange in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday. Irtwange who is also the Chairman of Technical Committee on Nigeria Yam Export Programme said these proposed centres were needed to enable farmers to store the yams at an appropriate temperature in order to avoid decay.
He said that the centres were also considered necessary as part of efforts to ensure that our yam exports met international standards and prevent being rejected at the international market.
According to Irtwange, the second batch of yam exports to the UK was already under going packaging in Benue for onward trans-loading to the Lagos ports
However, Irtwange called on yam farmers to increase yam production to meet local and export demands.