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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Nigeria laments EU bean ban

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has complained about the European Union's ban on the exportation of Nigerian beans. NEPC said the ban, announced early this year, has been extended to 2020, adding that the discovery of high residues of preservative chemicals led to the ban. Concerning the ban Director, Export Office, NEPC, Matthew Iranloye said “It has been extended for three years. It was supposed to be lifted in 2017 but they looked at what is still in the ground and said it does not seem that Nigeria is getting it right. We have to redouble our efforts. The next three years, it is still banned but it can still be lifted before the end of that time being 2020.'' He added that NEPC is championing an inter-ministerial committee that is working on the quality issues. A consultant to NEPC, Olumuyiwa Aiyegbusi, put the country’s post-harvest losses at in the region of N1 trillion in Nigeria. Aiyegusi, who is the chairman of Olu Olu Group, said, “it is a major loss for us. Between production and the market, we are losing 25 to 30 percent of what we produce, that is not good enough. “It will not give us food security and we cannot export. What we can do to prevent this ugly trend is a holistic approach by preserving and removing water in a conditioned storage. Produce like tomatoes, orange, paw-paw, etc."

Source: freshplaza.com