FG meets EU to lift ban on beans exportation from Nigeria

Report gathered that the Federal Government has begun to put in place measures to ensure that the European Union (EU) lifts the suspension placed on beans exportation from Nigeria.

The Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) said it organised a workshop for beans farmers, extension workers and other stakeholders to educate them on best practices to meet export standards‎.

‎Speaking at the workshop in Kano, the Co-ordinating Director, NAQS, Dr Vincent Isegbe, said there was an urgent need for collaboration of all stakeholders to prevent the extension of the suspension beyond 2016.

According to him, if farmers do not sell, they will not be encouraged to produce and if they do not produce, the merchants will not have what to sell.

“If it is not brought under control, the high revenue generated from this commodity will reduce and then poverty will increase.

“As an agency of Government responsible for certifying and ensuring that farmers who produce commodity for export have free exports to earn good money, it is our responsibility that the process is not truncated from the point of production to the point of export. It should be free and beneficial,” he said.

He said that most farmers go to the wrong Government agency seeking solutions, urging them to direct their challenges and enquiries to NAQS.

Also speaking, Head of Collaboration and Partnership‎, NAQS, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba‎, noted that the suspension was as a result of high quantity of chemicals used as pesticides in beans exported.

He said the EU had given Nigeria June 30, 2016 to put in place all measures to produce healthier beans for consumption.

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