The Federal Government is making concerted efforts to ensure that the ban on beans exports from Nigeria by the European Union is lifted to stimulate the country’s export potentials and better the lot of stakeholders in the beans export value chain.
The Trade Promotion Advisor, Ado-Ekiti Assistance Office, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Mrs Iyabode Abe, said the efforts included sensitisation of beans farmers and merchants on good agricultural practices and avoidance of indiscriminate use of chemicals.
Abe, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti at a technical session on value chain export development to address chemical residue in storage of dried beans for export, said the inability to export beans to EU countries had negative impact on the country’s gross domestic product.
At the event where NEPC distributed hermetic bags for grains storage to beans farmers and merchants, the advisor tasked stakeholders on “best practices to actualise the dream of exporting their products to the international market which will in turn increase the GDP of the non-oil sector to Nigeria’s economy.”
In EU, it was discovered that the pest chemical residue in our beans was too high as at 2015 and consequently suspended Nigeria from exporting beans to the EU until we are able to address these chemical residue from our dry beans.
“According to recent report from the World Bank, Nigeria and other developing countries are expected to lose between $12bnand 15bn by 2025 to export reject.