President of the Association of Agricultural Producers of Nigeria (FACAN) Dr. Victor Iyama is seeking to increase the export of non-traditional agricultural products in order to contribute to the government's strategy for diversifying foreign revenues.
Speaking with Nation, Iyama noted that trade in non-traditional agricultural exports, including fruits and vegetables, as well as individual specialties and processed products, such honey can bring Nigeria more foreign currency, urging the government and producers to accept products other than cocoa and cashew.
He said that beekeeping and products derived from it can bring income to the country.
He said that Nigeria needs to diversify production and export of products with higher specific values, and also create opportunities for large-scale exporters with very low cost for a wide range of non-traditional products.
According to him, there is a significant trade in mangoes, other fresh and tropical fruits, and the world market of non-traditional agricultural products is valuable and dynamic.
He explained that supermarkets and international buyers play an important role in expanding the capabilities of developing countries to produce and supply agricultural products.
Against the backdrop of a fall in commodity prices, he urged the sector to diversify its production and / or export base, including improving measures to address issues such as phytosanitary regulations and other criteria that are considered the main barrier to trade for local exporters.
According to him, there are several important prerequisites for the successful trade in agricultural exports, including technical expertise, a well-structured production and export sector and a highly efficient supply chain from the field through a port or airport.
In practice, the greatest challenge for existing and new participants in the agricultural export market is to meet the high standards of compliance established by supermarkets and large retailers.