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FG EFFORT TO UNBANNED EU SUSPENSION ON NIGERIA BEANS

The Federal Government has begun to intensify effort to ensure that the European Union (EU) lift the suspension placed on exportation of beans from Nigeria.
This was disclosed on the 25th December, 2014 at the Kano workshop organised by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), for beans farmers extension workers and others stakeholders to educate them on the best global practices to meet export standard.
The Coordinating Director, NAQS, Dr. Vincent Isegbe told the gathering that there was an urgent need for collaboration of all stakeholder to prevent the extension of the suspension placed on Nigeria’s beans beyond 2016.
He said if farmers do not sell, they will not be encouraged to produce more. ‘Yes! If farmers do not sell, they will not be encouraged to produce and if they do not produce, the merchants will not have what to sell.
Dr, Isegbe further said if this was not looked into, the high revenue generated from this commodity will reduce and then poverty may likely set in.
Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), being an agency of Government responsible for certifying and ensuring that farmers who produce commodity for export have free exports to earn good income.
Dr. Vincent said; “it is our responsibility that this process is not truncated from the point of production to the point of export, it should be free and beneficial” he said that most farmers seek information from wrong Government agency and urged them to direct their challenges and enquiries to NAQS, the only statutory body that is allowed internationally to carry out the responsibility.
Also present at the workshop is the NAQS Head of Collaboration and Partnership, Mr. Nnamdi Onukwuba, who said the reason for suspension was as a result of high quantity of chemical used as pesticides in beans exported.
He said the EU has given Nigeria till June 30th, 2016 to put in place all measures to produce healthier beans for human consumption. Mr Onukwuba blamed the situation on the activities of the middle men who store the commodity with chemicals before export.
He said NAQS was setting up a system that would enable exporters to buy directly from the farmers as laboratory test had revealed that chemicals were very low at the farm level.
He said as soon as this system become operational, certificate will no longer be issue to exporters who buy from the open market.
Also present at the workshop is Mr Rashid Maggi, who is a beans exporter, who told our correspondent that if the ban continued, Nigerian beans farmers and merchants will be the ultimate losers. “My Brother, if the ban is extended, Nigerian farmers and merchants will be the ultimate losers”. Mr Maggi had said.
He challenged regulator to penalise defaulters, advised the NAQS to visit warehouses for random checks on agricultural produce set for export.
A farmer, Yusuf Muhammed said he was happy with the move of the NAQS as it was aimed at restoring hope for him and other farmers. He said beans farming are very profitable but if the ban is not lifted, they cannot produce, and also appealed to Government to support farmers with farm incentive at the right time.
Another beans farmer, Mr Rabiu Ibrahim also commended NAQS for the initiative to organise this kind of workshop that educate farmers on the best global practices.

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