The Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) on Saturday, confiscated perishable exported foods worth over N3 million and rejected by the United Kingdom due to failure to obtain phytosanitary certification. The NAQS head of inspection, South-West Zone, Dr Moses Adewumi, supervised the confiscation in Lagos.
According to him, under the international movement of agricultural produce, there are standards to be met as domiciled in the international plant protection convention. “We have 41 standards that guide commodities and movement of vegetables and other perishable foods.
“Before any perishable food can be exported, it must be accompanied with phytosanitary certification. We want all exporters and those trying to bring their business to the country to be aware of phytosanitary certification.
“The phytosanitary certification states all the health issues of the commodities being exported,” Adewumi said. He advised exporters to visit any quarantine office for procedures on exportation of perishable foods.
Dayo Folorunso, a scientist at the zonal office, Ikeja, advised that a farm must have a good structure, including staff, storage and pack house, before they plan for export. Folorunso added that there was the need for intending exporters to have cool vans. He blamed the rejection of the commodities by the United Kingdom on cutting corners.
Folorunso urged exporters to desist from such an attitude, noting that it tarnishes Nigeria’s image and generates losses for such exporters.
Dr Eze Vincent, head of station, NAQS, NAHCO Terminal, advised exporters to follow due process and avoid anything that could lead to rejection of their commodities, especially now that the government is encouraging exportation of agricultural produce.
Zimbabwe’s Currency Hits New Low, Firms Demanding Payment In U.S. Dollars
Zimbabwe’s interim currency fell to a new low on the black market on Thursday and local firms were demanding payment...
NCC Establishes Code To Curb Cybercrimes
The Nigerian Communication Commission(NCC) on Thursday, said it had established an Internet Industry Code of Practice for internet service providers...
Osinbajo Hosts Nigeria-France Investment Delegation
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja met with a delegation of the Nigeria-France Investment. The...
Domestic Staff Murders Employer, Mother, 2 Days After Employment
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 22-year-old domestic staff, Joseph Ogbu, for allegedly killing his employer and the...
Omo-Agege Appoints The Nation Editor As SA Media
The Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, on Thursday announced the appointment of Mr Yomi Odunuga as his...
Promoting Sustainable Fuelwood Management In Local Communities
Timber harvesting which is the cutting down of wood from the wild and reserved areas for both domestic and commercial...
Pencom Organises Workshop For Prospective Retirees In Edo, Delta
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) on Thursday held a pre-retirement workshop for workers due to retire in 2020 from the...
COVER STORIES13 hours ago
Suicide: FG Restricts Sale, Use Of Sniper
NEWS23 hours ago
Borno Gov. Appoints SSG, COS, Others
EDUCATION13 hours ago
FG To Enroll Federal Varsities On IPPIS Platform
POLITICS11 hours ago
Intrigues Behind Omo-Agege’s Emergence As Deputy Senate President
NEWS20 hours ago
FG Flags-off Reconstruction Of N3.6bn Lagos-Badagry Expressway
NEWS7 hours ago
PMB Appoints NEW GMD For NNPC
NEWS23 hours ago
NAFDAC Bans Sniper In Open Markets, Supermarkets
NEWS12 hours ago
Govs Meet Over NFIU Guidelines,Security