Monday, 11 July 2016

Stakeholders Move to Revive Exportation of Agro Produce

By Bennett Oghifo
Industry experts have agreed to join forces to revive the exportation of yam, beans, cocoa and other agricultural produce from Nigeria to the United States and other countries.

At an interactive consultative meeting organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) at its regional office in Lagos, the experts expressed concern that the ignorance of some Nigerian exporters is making other countries to take the credit for Nigerian produce.

They stressed the need for a synergy and collaboration among the various agencies to increase exports from Nigeria under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).

AGOA is a trade preference programme that provides duty-free treatment to the United States importation of certain products from eligible African countries, which include Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that experts were drawn from 19 agencies and they included the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), and Nigerian Expanded Trade and Transport.

Others were, the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, Carmine Assayer Ltd, the Lagos State Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives, the Nigerian Export-Import Bank, Fidelity Bank, Heritage Bank and Access Bank, among others.

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