Nigeria to export 72 MT of yam to UK, US June 29- Ogbeh - Trends and Politics


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Nigeria to export 72 MT of yam to UK, US June 29- Ogbeh

Nigeria will on June 29, 2017, export 72 metric tonnes of yam to the United Kingdom, UK, and United States of America, USA, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh.
Ogbeh made the disclosure Thursday at the end of the meeting with the technical committee on Nigerian Yam Export According to him the flag-off of this new era in raw food exportation from Nigeria will be done at the Apapa Port, which the 72 metric tonnes of yam to be exported will be in three containers at 24 metric tonnes each.
One container will be exported to the UK, while two others will go to the US.
The Minister assured the exporters of government’s support.
He said:"Everything spent will be refunded. We must sell all whatever we can to the world. We account for over 60 per cent of yam production, yet people do not know that we grow yam. 
"These yam exporters are the the real heroes of Nigeria. Oil and gas cannot employ millions of workers as agriculture."

He said the country has the potential to quadruple Ghana's projection which he said was impressive.
Ghana’s projection on yam export is impressive. Nigeria can quadruple that. We should keep pushing to become number one in yam export.”
He also appealed to the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service, NAQS, to reduce inspection charges to encourage more people to go into yam exportation in order to compete with other yam exporting countries in the international market.
To make yam export competitive, he vowed to work on the packages and the right types of trucks to be used for transportation. 
On making yam cultivation mechanised the Minister charged the yam export committee to embark on research to achieve it and promised that government will source fund to support it. 
We have to mechanise heap making. Otherwise, in five years, you will not find people to do heap making.The prototype may be costly, but we will fund it. So, we have to stay ahead of the crisis that will definitely come. Let us anticipate this problem.”

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