Agric Produce Export: Ogbeh says Nigeria to formally export certified yams to UK, US from June 29

Nigeria  is set to begin the formal export of certified yams to the United Kingdom and United States from June 29,  according to confirmations given  by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh.

Ogbeh said it is a major achievement for the agricultural sector, adding that the market was lost in the past because of poor quality control and rejection of some of the products.

He said that that the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS) has been empowered to address issues of safety and phytosanitary standards in food exports to meet acceptable global standard.

Ogbeh said this will also save the country from the embarrassment of her exports being rejected as a result of poor quality.

He disclosed that government has put in place a standing committee which will be supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on technical issues.

Among agencies which he named will assist in accelerating export include the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC).

He explained that the agencies would be expected to work with his ministry, finance and Industry, Trade Ministries on control plans and develop HS codes for products that would be exported.