FG says ban on Nigerian agricultural products in US and Europe may soon be lifted

The Nigerian government has indicated that it hopes the ban on Nigerian agricultural products by the European Union and the United States of America will soon be lifted.

This was revealed by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar during a Standing Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee (SIMTC) briefing on the Agro Zero Reject initiative on Thursday in Abuja.

According to NAN, the Minister said that the current effort of the FG is to ensure that Nigerian agricultural products are accepted in the international market.

What the minister says

The Minister made this statement based on the current efforts of the committee to ensure that Nigerian agricultural products are accepted in the international market.

Abubakar said Nigeria’s potential for exporting agricultural products is significant, adding that Nigeria’s Integrated Export Control Plan (IECP) should be meticulously crafted.

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  • “There is no doubt that Nigeria can only realize its potential if we do the right thing; working together first and foremost, and also realizing and understanding relationships with other agencies, the private sector and governments around the world.
  • “It’s not an easy task to do export business, there are a lot of regulations, and unless you start by setting up your own house well, you won’t be able to work outside.
  • “If we want to progress, we have to come down and learn to work with each other, and that really has to be done to be successful.
  • “It is not about doing trade but getting Nigeria out of the ban from Europe, America and other countries.
  • “We should have a transparent export transaction. We will do what it takes to do what it takes,” said the minister.

The Director of the Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA), Mr. Abdullahi Abubakar, said that the essence of the SIMTC, which was inaugurated on February 28, 2021, was to ensure that the EU ban on export of Nigerian beans be lifted. He warned that Nigeria should never again face rejection of our agricultural products in the export market.

  • “Prior to the ban, several ignored notifications were sent to the Nigerian authorities.
  • “To lift the ban, the EU wanted Nigeria to monitor its exports and provide substantial evidence that the necessary food safety requirements and protocols are in place,” he said.

He added that the IECP is a five-year action plan for all Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) agencies and key stakeholders, and to provide the substantial assurance required by the EU that SPS bodies in Nigeria put in place. online food safety protocols. with the international standard.

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“Few private companies have agreed to participate in the implementation of the pilot action plan that would lift the ban on our beans and pave the way for the admission of Nigerian products for export,” he said.

What you should know

  • The SIMTC was inaugurated on February 28, 2021 to ensure that the ban by the European Union (EU) on the export of Nigerian beans is lifted and that Nigeria never again faces rejection of its agricultural products in the Nigerian market. export.
  • This comes after the EU banned the import of Nigerian beans in 2015 due to the high content of pesticides, considered harmful to health.
  • Nigeria’s agricultural exports jumped 57.02% to 504.9 billion naira in 2021 from 321.5 billion naira recorded the previous year, which is also the highest agricultural export income ever checked in.

Mary I. Bruner