In a bid to advance the export of Nigeria’s fruits and vegetables, the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) says it is working with the Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP) to resolve the embargo of exporting Nigeria’s agricultural produce to Europe.
Coordinating Director of NAQS, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, revealed this in Abuja on Wednesday at a workshop themed “the Role of Public and Private Sector in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Systems for the Fruits and Vegetable Sub-Sector.”
Isegbe explained that since the European Union (EU) in 2015 banned Nigeria from exporting beans and other produce to Europe, the country has not still proved its capability yet.
The Director stressed that the workshop was organised for stakeholders to proffer solutions to the challenges facing fruits and vegetable exports in the country.
In his speech, COLEACP Agribusiness Development Specialist, Dr. Andrew Graffham, noted that Nigeria was a nation with many resources, a huge population and a lot of farmers who should ensure food security for the populace.
The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) is a regulatory agency under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
It was created for the harmonization of plants and other Agric produce to promote and regulate sanitary and phytosanitary measures in relation to the import and export of agricultural Products.
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