Agricultural quarantine service to promote export of onions, others


The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) is set to expand Nigeria’s export frontiers with the launch of Export Certification Value Chain (ECVC) for onions garlic and other agric produce.

The Director General, of NAQS, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, who stated this recently in Abuja, added that the ECVC will detail the export eligibility standards for the respective items and outlines the actionable instructions that stakeholders should adhere to for their produce to pass quarantine inspection and certification tests.

The tests are preconditions for issuance of the certificate.

The produce include onions, garlic, honey, cow horn/hooves, sunflower, among others.

He said the Service went further to map states with the capacity to produce high value agric export commodities on industrial scale, adding that the exploitation of Nigeria’s advantage in many agricultural commodities will give room for opportunities of wealth creation.

He said NAQS is committed to simulating the export of Nigerian agricultural produce .

Isegbe further explained that as the agency tasked with the promoting export of agricultural produce, the Service is leading government’s drive to tackle rejection of some Nigerian agricultural produce in foreign markets due to quality defects.