Nigeria’s Agriculture Ministry Receives UNIDO-NQIP Assisted Export Plan

 

Nigeria’s Agriculture Ministry Receives UNIDO-NQIP Assisted Export Plan

ABUJA 09 February 2018 –

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has officially received Nigeria’s Integrated Export Plan, during a presentation ceremony on 08 February 2018 at the ministry’s conference room.

The Integrated Export Plan was developed by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Zero Rejects with technical support from United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) within the context of the European Union funded National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria (NQIP).

The purpose of the Integrated Export Control Plan is to assist the fulfillment of the EU conditions necessary for lifting the ban on Nigeria’s dried beans and to assist the establishment of a system of trust for Nigeria’s agricultural commodities for export and local consumption.

In attendance were EU representative Filippo Amato, UNIDO-NQIP Chief Technical Adviser Shaukat Hussain, UNIDO-NQIP National Expert Simeon Umukoro, the representatives of the institutions that comprise the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Zero-Rejects and members of the press. During the ceremony, Mr. Ogbeh stated that Nigeria must improve on quality offer in a world that is driven by trade. “The quality has to be right…We can’t keep apologizing.”

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Zero Rejects is co-chaired by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) and was inaugurated by FMARD upon the mandate of Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to investigate the issues on export rejects in agricultural commodities.

For more information visit www.nqi-nigeria.org

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