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Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Yarnvibes(f): 10:04am On May 30, 2017
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has said that arrangements had been concluded for the first container of yams to leave the shores of Nigeria for the European continent on the 29th of June this year.

He disclosed this in Abuja during a chat with journalists on the achievements of his Ministry since the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government took over power two years ago.

Ogbeh stated that, within the next two years, Nigeria’s agricultural sector will regain its lost glory at the world stage as a major food producer and exporter.

He noted that apart from yam that will soon be added to the list of farm produce Nigeria exports to the rest of the world, the country was doing well in the exportation of vegetables, beans and cowpeas to India, as well as cashew to Vietnam.

The Minister further said that without the support of Nigerians who heeded the call of President Buhari to take agriculture seriously and shift focus away from oil, the giant strides the country was making in the exportation of farm produce would have been impossible.

He said: “In another two years, we will be back on the world stage where every country had recognized and expected Nigeria to live up to the name – Major Food Producer.

“On the 29th of June this year, the first container of yams will be leaving the shores of Nigeria for UK.

“Yes, we have been dealing with vegetables and a lot of other produce already and we will continue to be selling pulses mainly beans and cowpeas to India.

“We will soon be back exporting cocoa again on a large scale, although we are exporting very little now; and cashew nuts to Vietnam which we intend to start processing here very soon.

“The processed cashew nuts will be exported to Wal-Mart and other major supermarkets across the globe.

“We are on our way. It is just about time.

“The beautiful thing is that Nigerians make me proud. In spite of the trauma they have been through, their response to the call by the President to return to agriculture has been absolutely successful – Young and old, civil servants, military men, journalists, everybody is on his way back to agriculture.

“We only have the challenge, now, of giving them what they need, and we will definitely meet that challenge.”

On the exportation of processed food as against raw farm produce, Ogbeh said that Nigeria had all it takes to effectively play in the international processed food market, stressing that most of what Nigerians ate were already processed foods.

He however said that procurement of machineries, stable electricity, and sudden drop in the value of Naira are some of the challenges that need to be surmounted before the country can play effectively in the processed food market globally?

“We have to process what we grow. There are very few things we eat raw especially vegetables and fruits. But rice, sugar, milk, sorghum, millet, cassava – among those items; we are almost there.

“Nigerians may find that difficult to accept now because the prices are so high and that can be explained by the sudden drop in the value of the Naira. Machineries need to be procured. We need to stabilize electricity otherwise the cost of production and processing gets too high.

“Otherwise, there is no question whether Nigeria can or will get there. It is just a matter of time.

“Unfortunately, for agriculture once a country slows down like we did for nearly 30 years, it becomes difficult to restart the engine.

“But for Nigeria, the people are incredible and they are doing it. It took Brazil 30 years and India 50 years to be able to get to where they are now. It won’t take us that long.

“In 10 years, I tell you, people across planet earth who want to respect Nigeria on agriculture will definitely have to do so; because they have no choice. We are on our way.”

http://fabinfos.com/nigeria-will-start-exporting-yams-to-europe-in-june-2017-agric-minister-ogbeh/

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by imhere: 11:57am On May 30, 2017
Are we really ripe for that, do we have enough to cater for us, yam is very very costly where i am residing even as we have not started exporting yet, not to talk of when we start. Although it is a good idea, i think we should first of all strenghen some things before we do

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by sole26: 12:46pm On May 30, 2017
OK
Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Ekakamba: 12:46pm On May 30, 2017
Yarnvibes:
“We only have the challenge, now, of giving them what they need, and we will definitely meet that challenge.”

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by EmekaBlue(m): 12:46pm On May 30, 2017
Already being exported now based on personal bizness...Especially the flour.

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by SubtleFRED(m): 12:46pm On May 30, 2017
Making what is already scarce more scarce is madness.
We struggle to buy a tuber for #200 here and you want to export the little we're managing in a bid to do what exactly? Better the economy or what?
Seems like this government is truly out to finish us but we'd pull through.

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Nobody: 12:46pm On May 30, 2017
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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Dottore: 12:47pm On May 30, 2017
Arrant nonsense. The country is yet to actuallise self sufficiency and this clown is talking about exports.

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Nobody: 12:47pm On May 30, 2017
Its a good move.Though I know the question on everyone's minds is "do we even have enough to eat?"

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Pavore9: 12:47pm On May 30, 2017
Observing....
Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by fSociety: 12:47pm On May 30, 2017
Humongous failures!

Two years gone and they're still dishing out empty promises.

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Nobody: 12:47pm On May 30, 2017
I really hope it is possible...especially as I think we donot have the means to mass produce yams.

Ah well.....it would be good news.
Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Xblink(m): 12:47pm On May 30, 2017
Wow... Dats nice.... White ppl go begin eat pounded yam... grin

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by columbus007(m): 12:47pm On May 30, 2017
junk dream undecided
Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Moneyyy: 12:47pm On May 30, 2017
Don't these people ever get tired of promises? How many campaign promises have been fulfilled?

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by emmygzy(m): 12:48pm On May 30, 2017
All these old Buhari goons don come with lie again. Person that said by November last year rice will come down.

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by samtee37(m): 12:48pm On May 30, 2017
Am sure this is just a mere dream. ..

But, I smell broda LAiNus scent here grin.........


Lemme b optimistic that, it will turn to be a reality sha

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by moneylords(m): 12:48pm On May 30, 2017
Yet yam is expensive here.

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Kennitrust(m): 12:48pm On May 30, 2017
Thing never bellefut us u want carry go oyinbo land

Small we go fit buy am again for here

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Otradearena: 12:49pm On May 30, 2017
Joke of the day
Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Actuarydeji(m): 12:49pm On May 30, 2017
Nonsense!!! We don't have enough and the idiot wants to give it out. Haa! The set of people ruling us in this country are zombies

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by emmanude(m): 12:49pm On May 30, 2017
Una try
Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by wolverine1987: 12:49pm On May 30, 2017
yams seriously? now that yams r expensive we still have to export hmmmmmmm ok o isorite

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by holluphemydavid(m): 12:49pm On May 30, 2017
June is almost here,is even dis week,so we are patiently waiting cool cool cool cool cool cool cool cool cool cool cool
Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by sojikul(m): 12:49pm On May 30, 2017
That's how they they export cassava till gari now cost than rice

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by Sexyfali(f): 12:49pm On May 30, 2017
You say? well its gud sha.
Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by amiibaby(f): 12:50pm On May 30, 2017
Hmmm
Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by positivelord: 12:51pm On May 30, 2017
mumu people..... you export what you have in excess...
we no see yam chop here and you want export....and in turn we will start importing yam to make up for the deficit..just like fuel, we are going export raw yam and import package yam @ 10 times the price
mumu people

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Re: Nigeria Will Start Exporting Yams To Europe In June 2017 – Agric Minister, Ogbeh by enemyofprogress: 12:51pm On May 30, 2017
Yam wey never do us chop,abi dis man dry craze ni?

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