As NACCIMA, NIPC Task Farm­ers On Agritech For Food Se­cu­rity

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - BUSINESS AGRO -

duc­tion and ad­here strictly to in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices and stan­dard re­quire­ments for ef­fec­tive mar­ket ac­cess. In his key­note ad­dress with the topic: “Nige­ria’s Agri­cul­ture Com­mod­ity Ex­port Strat­egy,” Awolowo, rep­re­sented by Deputy Di­rec­tor of the coun­cil, Mr. Sa­muel Oyedipe said ef­forts should be made to im­prove stan­dards.

“When a farmer de­cides to ven­ture into ex­port, they should in­ter­face with agen­cies like NEPC to guide them dur­ing the process to en­sure that the prod­ucts are not re­jected at the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. It is be­lieved that coun­tries that ex­port agricul- ture prod­ucts are wealth­ier than oth­ers who do not. China, U.S and Ger­many are the world’s largest ex­porters. Nige­rian beans is cur­rently un­der sus­pen­sion by the Euro­pean Union (EU) be­cause of the high residue level, which is not suit­able for the mar­ket.

“We are how­ever, happy that we are close to get­ting the EU to lift the ban on the com­mod­ity and be­cause of this, NEPC has em­barked on sev­eral en­gage­ments to en­sure that such never hap­pened again,” he said.

Pres­i­dent of the Nige­rian As­so­ci­a­tion of Cham­bers of Com­merce, In­dus­try, Mines and Agri­cul­ture (NACCIMA), Chief Alaba Law­son, urged farm­ers to keep to glob­ally ac­cepted stan­dards, which is key pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­ter­na­tional ac­cept­abil­ity.

“Farm­ers should pay at­ten­tion to GAP be­fore think­ing of ex­port­ing their prod­ucts to re­duce the rate of re­jec­tion from the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. Look at the is­sues we had with yam and beans ex­port, they were re­jected by the EU be­cause of the level of residue found in the com­modi­ties that did not con­form with their stan­dards. Nige­ri­ans are re­silient and NACCIMA be­lieves that en­gag­ing the right ideas in the sec­tor will drive food se­cu­rity,” she said. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Nige­rian In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil (NIPC), Ms Ye­wande Sadiku, rep­re­sented by Di­rec­tor of In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion, Mr. Em­manuel Adesina, said there had been mas­sive in­vest­ments in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, adding that there should be more ac­tiv­i­ties in the sec­tor that will at­tract for­eign in­vest­ments be­cause Nige­ria has ca­pac­ity for for­eign earn­ings.

“Agri­cul­ture is the largest con­trib­u­tor to em­ploy­ment and GDP con­trib­u­tors of about 25 per cent and Nige­ria has ca­pac­ity for for­eign earn­ings. There should be im­proved in­fra­struc­ture in the free trade zones and the pri­vate sec­tor should look at

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