Nigeria to start exporting Yam to the UK and USA by June 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Federal Government has said that come June 29, Nigeria will start to export Yam to the UK and USA. This is seen as a major milestone to be achieved by the current administration.

The is a deliberate attempt by the Buhari administration to rejuvenate the farm produce into the export market after several decades of poor patronage which resulted from poor quality control and subsequent rejection of its agricultural exports due to failure to meet country of destination standards.

According to the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh disclosed on Thursday that government had established a number of initiatives and interventions that would enable this happen and that the Presidential Committee on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ would complement this arrangement by dedicating ports solely for agro exports and reinforce checks on the quality of produce from the country for foreign exchange earnings.

“The commitment of government to end the embarrassing rejection of Nigerian commodity and produce at the international market is irrevocable. The health of Nigerians is also paramount and the populace needs good quality food as well. There is nothing like Nigerian or local standards, but international standards to which we cannot but adhere in our local handling of food, consumption and export drive. This necessitated the establishment of the high-level standing inter-ministerial technical committee on zero rejection of agricultural produce, co-chaired by me and my counterpart in the ministry of industry, trade and investment,” the minister said.

He restated his commitment to improving exports through expert handling of fresh farm produce, post-harvest loss management and cold storage adding that the on-going efforts on the ‘conduit of excellence’ is expected to culminate in the development and validation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) at a high level specifically for dried beans and other commodities.

 

Reference: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/06/09/nigeria-to-export-certified-yams-to-uk-us/

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