Naija Foodie Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (SON’S FOOD TESTING LAB WIll BOOST AGRO EXPORT)

Standards Organisation of
Nigeria’s (SON’s) laboratory would
provide answers to Nigeria’s agro produce being rejected by the
European Union (EU) due to poor quality, the Acting Director-
General, Dr. Paul Angya, has said.

Angya, who stated this during a visit by ministry officials to assess the lab being built by the agency
in Lagos, said Nigeria has lost so much from non-agriculture
exports as a result of
misclassification of
products, such as yam, beans, tomatoes, mangoes, and soya beans.

He regretted that the nation has not enjoyed its abundant
agricultural
resources in the export business
because of the continuous
rejection of its agricultural products.

He said: “People take our yams and other agricultural products
across the world because they are in
high demand but, unfortunately, the
money don’t come to us because we have not been able to come up with a
standard food and electrical laboratory to bring the standard of our product to international
standards.

Henceforth, the
laboratory will test all agricultural produce before they hit the international
market including all electronics coming
into the country. We will no longer
accept a situation where Nigeria is made a dumping ground to all manner of sub standard
products”.

Angya said the laboratory would
support the diversification of
the economy.
Earlier, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Commerce and
Industry, Mr. Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, said his team was in Lagos to
appraise the extent of work done in the laboratory for its
take-off.

He maintained that in line with the Federal Government’s policy
on diversification of the economy, the laboratory remains a key driver of the growth of the economy.

Bisalla commended the Nigeria Export promotion Council (NEPC) on the efforts it has made to showcase agricultural products.
‘’Henceforth our nation will enjoy
the benefits of the blessings of our natural endowment; it’s in interest of the nation to support
the efforts of SON to drive the non oil
economy of the country,’’ he said.

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