Nigeria has finally joined the league of countries that export Yams to the United Kingdom, Europe, U.S.A, Canada and Asia. Nigeria is the largest producer of Yam in the world and there is no reason why countries that produce les Yam than Nigeria should rank Number in exports by volume.
Even though the first consignment of Yam export to the United States was initially rejected, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh revealed that all efforts are being put in place to ensure the required standards are met.
It is pertinent for all to note that with dwindling oil revenues, there is a strong need for Nigeria to identify and explore other sources of foreign exchange earnings.
In order to ensure the Yams remain fresh, air conditioners will be installed in stores at the farms, Ports and warehouses where the Yams will be stored and packaged before export.
Subsequent exports will be properly packaged so the Yams can arrive the destination in good form with minimal spoilage.
Furthermore, this year 2019 is set to be a good year for Yam exports from Nigeria. This is in view of the fact that the Chairman of the Technical Committee on Nigeria’s Yam Export Programme, Prof. Simon Irtwange, stated in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos early in the Year 2019 that the committee would take possession of the Ikorodu terminal to facilitate yam exports in the first quarter of 2019.
According to him, the terminal has been officially designated as a base for the exportation of yam and other agricultural produce.
“This means that all vehicles and trucks carrying yams for export will head towards the Ikorodu terminal, instead of the Apapa Ports. IT IS EXPECTED THAT Yam exports will now be a permanent feature of Non-Oil exports from Nigeria.
(this post is an update on an earlier one).