Thursday, 5 October 2017

US rejects yam exported from Nigeria to the country

The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh says the United States rejected yam exports from Nigeria due to poor quality.

In June, Nigeria exported yams to China, United Kingdom and the U.S. as part of efforts to diversify the economy – more income from the agricultural sector.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) were charged with the responsibility of ensuring that yams exported were properly checked and certified.

Others are Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC).

Ogbeh said he would investigate both the exporting company and officials of the Ministry’s department of quarantine for allowing “such substandard goods to leave the shores of the country”.

“Some consignment of yams were exported from Nigeria to the United States and according to reports we have today, they were found to be of poor quality,” he said.

“We will be investigating both the company that exported it and our quarantine department to check and find out why such a consignment left here.”

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