NEPC trains dried beans farmers: The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) said it has trained dried beans farmers and dealers within the North East geo-political zone on export tips, to place a finish to the rejection of Nigeria’s dried beans by countries within Europe.
The Deputy Director of Product Development at NEPC, Mr Samuel Oyeyipo, disclosed this in Gombe through a one-day capability constructing workshop organised for farmers and dried beans retailers.
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He stated that the aim was to provide information to chain operators to simply undertake one of the best practices that meets the requirements of the European markets.
The deputy director mentioned the transfer was an extra effort by the council at lowering the incidence of rejection of beans and different agricultural products exported to Europe and different parts of the world.
“Nigeria’s agricultural produce exports have been encountering challenges of rejection in the international markets primarily due to non-adherence to sanitary measures, poor packaging, labelling and insufficient information on nutritional content,” Oyeyipo said.
In a welcome speech with Northeast Regional Coordinator of NEPC, Mr Andy Ambikputen, mentioned that the workshop was one of many efforts being made by the council since 2015, when EU markets positioned Nigeria on suspension, “on account of non-conformity to EU’s requirement on export of agricultural merchandise together with beans.
“NEPC considers it a difficulty of nationwide precedence to organise the workshop for farmers and dried beans producers in Northeast, to sensitise the chain operators, particularly farmers and retailers on one of the best method to use to fulfill the EU requirement and for the safety of Nigeria’s citizens. ” Ambikputen stated.
He added that the council was making efforts to attain the zero targets for acceptance of beans in the world markets and implement the suitable risk magement measures and meals security assurances for compliance with the EU necessities.