The federal government has again emphasized the importance the development and promotion of the country’s non-oil export sector to the realization of Nigeria’s drive to being among the top twenty economies of the world by 2020.
Industry, trade and investment minister, Olusegun aganga stated this at a two day conference and exhibition with the theme “importing commercial quantity food products to the united kingdom, the guidelines and regulations which was organized by the Nigeria export promotion council, NEPC in Abuja.
Represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Aganga expressed the governments hope that the NEPC would in the future receive fewer complaints from exporters regarding the rejection of Nigerian food exports to the UK.
Executive director and CEO NEPC David Adulugba told rhythm news that they brought in British government personnel charged with food safety controls at UK borders to educate the exporters on how to overcome challenges faced.
While the UK is Nigeria’s top five traditional non-oil export destination for food produce, most exportable items remain banned by the UK border patrol as they fall below EU food standards, poor packaging and food preservation, non compliance with size specifications and weak export procedures and documentation.