LAGOS, (Xinhua) --
Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural
Development Audu Ogbeh said on Wednesday that the country
deserve good, safe and quality agro outputs for consumption.
As a follow up to
this, the minister said in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital that the
government will soon embark on a nationwide advocacy tour of the
six geo-political zones on agricultural quality control and
The advocacy was
necessary in order to address issues leading to the ban imposed
by the European Union (EU) of the country’s agricultural produce
in the international market, Ogbeh said.
The minister told
reporters that the quality control of Nigeria’s commodities
starts from the field operations, including land clearing, soil
testing, seed selection, varietal selection, chemical
application, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and post-harvest
“There is no time
than now to mainstream food safety into agricultural production
if we want to really diversify our economy, using agriculture as
a veritable tool and also have our share of the export,” he
According to him,
the nationwide advocacy on quality control and standardization
of agricultural commodities is targeting primary farmers and
other stakeholders along the food value chain.
“We need to
inculcate the culture of agro quality among key policy makers,
in both public and private institutions, propelling them to
recognize the essential role of food safety in production to the
sale point of our commodity,” he said.
“The ban on our dry
beans by EU (European Union) draws our attention that we have
actually been consuming poison unknowingly, which has resulted
to an increase on non-communicable disease,” Ogbeh added.
officially kick-started the export of Nigerian yam to different
parts of the world in fulfillment of the promise of Buhari’s
administration to diversify the economy.
The Nigeria Yam
Export (NYE) was launched at Lillypond Container Terminal, Ijora,
Lagos on June 29, by the minister.