By bibiportable30 • 23rd Jan 2019 • 620 views • 119 comments

The Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria (FACAN) has said it is working out stringent measures for commodities export to meet international standard and prevent loss of revenue for Nigeria due to rejections.

Its Deputy Executive Secretary, Mr Peter Bakare, who made the call in an interview in Abuja, said the measures would be put in place on exports because the country had lost significant revenue, while many exporters had suffered heavy financial losses because of the number of rejected export items from Nigeria.

He said the association was faced with many challenges leading to rejection of its produce in the international market because of inability to provide sanitary standard compliance documentations.

According to him, years back some notable products like sesame seed, beans, cotton, groundnut, palm oil and cocoa that were illegally exported to the EU were rejected because some of them contained unauthorised substance, which made their quality substandard.

“Some of the produce were unhygienic, some had broken packages, particles and some contained aflatoxin, a toxic product responsible for liver cancer,’’ he said.

Bakare, however, said the association was working hard to ensure proper registration of all commodity associations for proper monitoring.

“ FACAN is also working with other relevant agencies to ensure compliance with the sanitary and phyto-sanitary requirements of the international markets and see that all export produce packaging meet the international market standard and ensure that the transportation of agricultural products meet best practice standard,’’ he said.

He disclosed that last year, more than 40 containers of hibiscus flowers were rejected in Mexico as a result of impurities because some farmers used lower quantities of chemicals.


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