The Federal government says it will not relent in its yam export policy holders which is aimed at attracting foreign exchange for the country.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh made this known during a sensitisation walk in commemoration of the World Food Day in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ogbeh reacting to reports that some yams recently exported to Britain were rejected
Reiterating that the policy has come to stay.
The minister while confirming the report, says the setback will not deter the dealers of the produce from exporting it
Chief Ogbeh backing up the policy, points out that the current world market for yams is worth $12 billion
He made it clear that the country cannot afford to stay away from it because it is the highest producers of yams in the world.
“I read some news report about some yams arriving in Britain and being rejected
“They stayed so long en route and if they stay that long, they are bound to rot
“It happens to yams from Ghana as well, we will not stop the policy of the exportation of yam, i can assure you of that
“It is a policy that will stay because we are the largest producers of yams in the world. We produce 67 per cent of the yams
“We will continue to help exporters, we will not as an institute export yams
“We only support the private sector to do that and if there are problems we will solve them.” he says.
Recall that 3tv reported that the yam export initiative was flagged off on June 29 at Lilypond Container Terminal, Ijora, Lagos
EXPORTERS OF YAM
Exporters of yam include Messrs Wan-Nyikwagh Farms Nig. Ltd, Gboko, Nigeria and Oklanbest Limited, Ibadan, Nigeria.
CHALLENGES OF YAM EXPORT
Mr Yandev Amaabai, an exporter of the product identified some challenges that government should addressed to ease the exportation yams.
This includes lack of irrigation and the yam stay on for too long before it gets to America.
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