A consultative technical working group for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Global Agriculture Programme- GAP has ended with some commitments to enhance quality standard in the agriculture sector in line with global practice.
According to the Senior Training Expert of the Global Partnership for Safe and Sustainable Agriculture, Dr. Friedrich Ludeke,who is a German trained expert, the Global Agriculture Programme GAP was trying to establish a better understanding of agricultural practices and reduce risk of food safety incidences.
“There was a need for Nigerian farmers to understand why there was a banned on beans export from Nigeria to Europe and that with GAP Nigeria agricultural produce will attend global standard”, he said.
He added that the technical session would establish local GAP programme for farmers and traders on the need to meet up with global standard.
The Senior Special Assistant, Mr. Christopher Nnamdi Onokuo to Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, said that the Governor had placed his priority on agriculture and was ready to collaborate with UNIDO to build a local global Agriculture programme for their farm produce.
“the State have been in agricultural export but have not gotten to the large scale export and are working to meet up with the global best practice in agriculture”, he explained.
One of the participants, an agriculture processor in the country Mrs. Sadiat Sholake said:
“there is need to build aggressive market globally through global standard.”
Some of the participants at the event also commended UNIDO for the GAP programme and expressed optimism that Nigeria would attend to the global best standard practice in the agricultural sector.
The participants were drawn from the six geo-political zones of Nigeria and other foreign experts ranging from various professions of both public and private sectors, which included farmers, traders and academia across the agricultural sector.