In efforts to ensure international acceptability of the country’s produce and drive the exporting industry, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) organized a one-day “Technical Capacity Building Workshop on Exporting Vegetables to the United Kingdom”, at the Ibadan business school, Oyo state.
The workshop which was chaired by the President of the Chartered Institute of Export and Commodity Brokers of Nigeria, Dr. Ayo Omotoso, took participants through various trainings on the exporting of vegetables.
The first presentation of the event was rendered by Mr. Ademola Ajibulu, who trained participants on “Improving export competitiveness of vegetables and meeting entry requirements”. He laid emphasis on the quality of vegetables to be exported and the packaging standards.
Representative from the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service, Dr. S.A Kazeem spoke on “Understanding Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in vegetable production for export”. According to him, the benefits of GAP included; Sustainable agricultural practices, based on integrated pest management principles; as well as improving natural resources use, worker’s health and working conditions, among others.
On her part, Mrs. A.O. Esenwa from Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Southwest zonal office, Ibadan, who addressed “the role of BOA in the development of agricultural commodity for export”, informed participants of BOA’s finance facilities and how they can be accessed for exports.
Participants at the event included vegetable exporters, intending exporters, and farmers from across the country.