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NEPC Trains Producers On Global Competitiveness

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The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has trained over 100 local producers in the South-South geopolitical zone on ways to produce quality and hygienic products free from Aflatoxin and Mycotoxin contaminants.

Aflatoxin and Mycotoxin are contaminants that pose the highest challenges in processed non-oil export products at the International market.

The contaminants in Nigerian products according to NEPC made the country face the challenge of its local products  entering into the international market due to low standard.

South-South regional coordinator of NEPC, Mrs. Azuka Ikejiofor, spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, at a one-day sensitization workshop on “Effective Quality Control Measures in Aflatoxin and Mycotoxin control contaminants.”

Ikejiofor said the workshop was aimed at enlightening the local producers to come up with Nigerian made goods that can gain international acceptance, grow the economy and create jobs.

She said: “To achieve this, the  NEPC in the region partnered with International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), and other relevant packaging practices in export trade to ensure that non-oil exporters of processed food items adequately comply with International best manufacturing procedures and global GAP.

“Goods with such contaminants does not say well about our products, some of our products does not stand the desired competitiveness with our competitors.”

The NEPC boss explained that a standard product processing procedure requires utilization and observance of utmost hygiene in both human, machine and equipment contacts to achieve quality products.

She said the training was aimed at impacting skills on the producers, farmers, processors to enable them know what constitutes quality products and work towards it to achieve international market standard.

Speaking during the workshop, one of the resource persons, Titilayo Falade, noted that products produced under unhygienic environment and storage has significant impact on the country’s trade because the global market has high quality standard.

Falade said, “If made in Nigeria products does not meet the demands of some foreign countries, the importer can be blacklisted as well as the region, even the country. Our inability to meet up with good standards does not help our farmers, our local producers and it affects job opportunities and the nation’s economy.”

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