The Federal Government is making concerted efforts to ensure that the European Union ban on beans exports from Nigeria is lifted to boost the country’s export potentials and improve the lot of players in the export value chain of beans.
The Trade Promotion Adviser of the Ado-Ekiti Helpdesk of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Ms. Iyabode Abe, said the efforts included sensitizing bean growers and traders on good agricultural practices and prevention of indiscriminate use of chemicals.
Abe, who spoke at Ado-Ekiti at a technical session on value chain export development to tackle chemical residues in the storage of dried beans for export, said the inability to export beans to EU countries was having a negative impact on the gross domestic product of the country.
At the event where NEPC distributed airtight bags for grain storage to bean growers and traders, the advisor instructed stakeholders on “best practices to realize the dream of exporting their products to the international market, which will in turn increase the GDP of the non-oil sector. to the Nigerian economy.
NEPC Deputy Director, Product Development Department Afolabi Bello said, “The problem with beans is insects during storage. With the growing demand, people don’t want weevils, so farmers and traders apply chemicals to beans in unlimited amounts to kill the weevils. This has a harmful effect on human consumption of beans.
“In the EU it was found that the residues of harmful chemicals in our beans were too high in 2015 and as a result suspended Nigeria from exporting beans to the EU until we are able to deal with these chemical residues from our dry beans.
“According to a recent World Bank report, Nigeria and other developing countries are expected to lose between $12 billion and $15 billion by 2025 from export rejections.
“Beans are among the affected products. So the sooner we take care of it, the better. NEPC sensitized bean growers and traders on the proper method of storing beans without using chemicals. We asked them to adopt other methods of storing beans without the application of chemicals, we can use organic methods like pepper, we can use airtight bags, you can use new speed dust.
Ekiti State Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Muyiwa Olumilua, who declared the event open, said, “The use of chemicals for the preservation of beans has attracted the attention of individuals, government agencies and organizations on food quality and safety in the country.
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