LAGOS, June 29 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian government is set to achieve a milestone in the effort to restore the country into the agro-commodity export market, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh said Thursday.
The minister disclosed this in Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub at the Flag-0ff of the Nigeria Yam Export organized by the Technical Committee on Nigeria Yam Export and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
He urged exporters to ensure that all agricultural produce for export met the highest global standards, noting that the government will not condone the embarrassment if yams exported to the UK and U.S. are rejected.
"This we are doing by exporting the first consignment of certified yams to the UK and U.S. today," he said.
Ogbeh said the success of the Nigeria Yam Export Program was expected to trigger increased income, enhance standard of living and promote job creation.
He said it would also enable participation of women and the youth in agriculture through the development of innovative entrepreneurial endeavors on a sustainable basis.
The minister said the yam export program was one part of the government's import substitution drive and an approach to diversify the nation's economy through the agricultural sector.
He said the government would promote research development in yam production, processing, storage, packaging and marketing, among others. Enditem