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Nigeria Set To Start Yam Exportation As ‘Disclosed’ By Audu Ogbeh

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On Thursday 22nd of June, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh disclosed that a total of 72 metric tons of yam will be exported to Europe and the United States starting from next week. This was declared at the end of the meeting with the technical committee on Nigerian Yam Export Program in his office in Abuja.The flag-off of will be done at Apapa Port on Thursday, 29th of June. A total of three containers each weighing 24 metric tons will be transported to United kingdom and united States. One container will be exported to the united kingdom while the other two would be transported to the United states.
The Minister further assured the exporters of the government’s support, promising them that their efforts wont be in vein. He said that “everything spent will be refunded.” He further said that to make money from Nigeria’s agricultural export, we must sell whatever we can to the world. Still addressing the media, he said: “We account for over 60 per cent of yam production, yet people do not know that we grow yam”.He also praised the yam trader referring to them as “the real heroes of Nigeria,” adding that “oil and gas cannot employ millions of workers.”
Chief Audu expressed optimism saying that Nigeria would soon take a central position in yam export. He further addressed Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) saying that they should endeavor to reduce the inspection charges so that Nigeria can be competitive in the export market.
He also vowed to work on the packages and introduce the right types of trucks for transportation of the yam produce.
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