The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nahco aviance, Tokunbo Fagbemi ,has called on farmers and other agricultural stakeholders to ensure that their farm produce for exports meet international standards so as to reduce the likelihood of the food items getting spoilt or being rejected by importing countries. She made the call while speaking at the maiden Africa Agric Expo which was co-sponsored by the aviation handling firm in Lagos.
During her presentation titled; ‘Effective Ground Handling and Preservation – Critical factors for mitigating challenges to Agriculture Export’, she outlined the factors that are bane to the growth of the agricultural sector and explained that the company’s aim is to eradicate a situation where Nigerian exported goods are returned to the country over inability to meet international standard.
Assuring stakeholders of a brighter and better 2020, she revealed that the aviation handling firm is ready to meet alongside all other agencies and stakeholders in the agricultural value chain and work towards reducing the wastage of Agricultural products, especially as a result of lack of equipment to preserve them.
“Nahco aviance has increased its volume of export of agricultural products by about 68 per cent having spent about $2 million to expand its facilities whilst improving on security for exported products.
“In a few months, we are building a state-of-the-art cold storage hub for both existing and potential clients, including our new Clients that want to transship their goods through Nigeria with a bit of packaging.
“Our findings from the airlines revealed that a lot of agricultural products exported are destroyed by the time they get to their destinations, which is largely caused by inadequate storage facilities. She added, “We just got an approval to develop a facility in our packaging warehouse, which will tackle that challenge because it will help exporters to package their products at a particular temperature rate to reduce the incidence of rejection in the International markets.”
Speaking further, she reaffirmed Nahco aviance’s commitment to the growth and development of agricultural export in the nation as it expanded its facilities to boost the volume of export of products the company handles by 68 per cent. She, however, said that the development became important following the Federal Government border closure policy, as that birth the need for Nigeria to produce enough for her consumption as well as export Food Farm products to boost the nation’s economy.