Executive Secretary/CEO, Institute of Export Operation and Management (IEOM), Mr. Ofonasaha Udofia, has said improving food safety standards would ease the flow of agricultural products to Europe.
Udofia said the European Union( EU) has set stringent certification standards, but producers of Nigerian agricultural products should be trained to meet them.
According to him, as Nigerian producers are successfully meeting the EU’s import standards, the import of Nigerian agricultural produce will be increasing.
He explained that such produce will be well received by Europe’s large supermarkets as they would meet the international certification on good agricultural practices, Global GAP, while having an advantage in terms of quality.
He said Nigerian produce have big markets in the EU, including cocoa, cashew, palm oil and its derivatives, nutmeg and other agricultural commodities.
According to him, Nigeria agriculture exports to the EU lag behind those of fellow African countries such as Kenya and Ghana because they provided products with higher sanitary and phyto sanitary (SPS) standards and other international requirements.