The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on Thursday to make Nigerian farm produce highly competitive in the international market.
The deputy director, National Export Office (NEO) of the council, Mrs. Veronica Oriere, said this in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital at a one day workshop on best practices in agricultural product drying, quality improvement and preservation for export competitiveness.
According to her, the council had been in the forefront of driving the non-oil export development and diversification of the Nigerian economy with the aim of weaning the economy from over-dependence on oil.
Oriere noted that the workshop was packaged to “address the age-long attitude of Nigerian farmers sun drying as the sole means of produce preservation and guard against the quality issues associated with this practice.
” To lay emphasis on point drying of farm produce and prevent the introduction of aflatoxin to reduce to the barest minimum the experienced export rejects “.
The NEPC added that the move was to address post-harvest handling and also reduce the incidence of wastages occasioned by the improper preservation of farm produce.
The trade promotion advisor of the NEPC, Hassan Bala, noted that the council under the leadership of its executive director, Mr Segun Awolowo, had been repositioned and strategically focused to provide the needed export support services to exporters.
According to him, the council had been supporting operators in the value chain of game-changing products like cashew, cassava, Shea butter, sesame seeds, yam, palm oil, solid minerals, brass, glass and aluminum works.
Bala explained that the workshop was meant to arm the people with adequate knowledge of how to benefit from the system, saying this would make them be an active and valuable player in the field.
Source: Nigerian Tribune