FG says ban on Nigerian agriculture commodities to US, Europe may soon be lifted

Written by on September 2, 2022

The Federal Government said it’s optimistic that the the European Union and United States of America, will be lift ban on Nigeria’s agricultural commodities.

This was disclosed by the Agriculture Minister, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, during a briefing by the Standing Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee (SIMTC) on Agro Zero Reject Initiative on Thursday in Abuja.

According to NAN, the minister stated that the current effort being made by the FG is to ensure Nigerian agricultural produce were accepted in the international market.

In 2015, the EU banned importation of Nigerian beans on account of containing high level of pesticide, considered harmful to health.

Dr Abubakar, after being briefed by the SIMTC, said Nigeria’s potential on agricultural commodities export was huge, adding that the Nigeria Integrated Export Control Plan (IECP), should be put together meticulously.

The minister said, “There is no doubt that Nigeria cannot realise its potential unless we do the right thing; work together first of all, and also realise and understand dealing with other agencies, private sector and governments across the world.

“It is not an easy task doing export business, there are a lot of regulations, and unless you start by putting your own home well, you will not be able to work outside.

“If we want to make headway we must come down and learn to work with one another, and that really needs to be done to achieve success.

“It is not about trading but getting Nigeria out of being banned from Europe, America and other countries.”

Earlier, the Director, Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA), Mr Abdullahi Abubakar, said the essence of the SIMTC, which was inaugurated on Feb. 28, 2021, was to ensure that the ban by the EU on export of Nigerian beans was lifted.

Also that Nigeria never, again, suffer any reject of our agro commodities in the export market,” he said.

“Before the ban, several unheeded notifications were sent to Nigerian authorities.

“To lift the ban, EU wanted Nigeria to control her export and provide substantial evidence that the necessary food safety requirements and protocols are put in place,” he said.

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