Agriculture

Respite for exporters as EU accepts local farm produce

by IFEOMA OKEKE

November 2, 2017 | 11:15 am
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Local exporters are set to benefit from the ABX World’s Export Programme, where local farmers are given the right platform to export to Europe.
This is as the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) applauded ABX World’s Export Programme for its latest moves to export farm produce to Europe.
It would be recalled that fortnight ago, the Anambra State government in partnership with ABX World exported the first agriculture produce from its revolution project, which started last year to Europe.
John Okakpu, managing director of ABX World Nigeria Limited, said: “The market has already accepted our products. What we did early last year was to take it to them for test to see if it is acceptable. Now, we have gone through the process of certification of the farmers because everything about food in Europe and any part of the world is safety.
“Interestingly, ABX World is the only Global GAP certified company and the only member from Nigeria. The Company is also EU certified (EUC) cargo agent, and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Authorised Cargo Agent.
“Global Gap is the network that controls all the supermarkets in the North America and Europe and once you have their certification, the market is guaranteed.”
According to Okakpu, agriculture has been the primary export basin and foreign exchange earner for Nigeria until focus shifted to oil and gas, but the current trends in the international oil market leaves us with one option: going back to our root- agriculture.
Sadiku Abdulkadir Rafindadi, director, commercial and business development at FAAN, described ABX World’s initiatives on agricultural lifting to Europe as inspiring and overwhelming.
He made the remarks when ABX’s top management visited his office to seek FAAN’s support towards the programme.
Applauding the gesture, Rafindadi said with the support of the Ministry of Aviation, FAAN would accord the company the necessary encouragement and support to continue the project capable of generating millions of employment for the teeming youths.
He also urged the Company to key into the Federal Government’s export initiative by accessing incentives available so that they can reap the benefits as provided by the federal Government policy on agro-allied produce through the Export Processing Zones (EPZ).
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by IFEOMA OKEKE

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