Nigeria Exports Yam to UK
From George Okoh in Lafia
Nigerian High Commisioner to United Kingdom, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, said yesterday in London, that the only way the Federal Government could improve non-oil revenue is to introduce appropriate incentive that would encourage farmers to go into massive production of crops for export.
Tafida said this at the launching of Pepa Yam Nigeria, from Nasarawa State, into the United Kingdom market.
He said, "the launching of Pepa Yam from Nasarawa State of Nigeria goes beyond mere symbolism of a single event. It is, for me, a practical and significant step in the quest for increased exportation of Nigerian non-oil products to the United Kingdom, which will ultimately enhance Nigeria-UK trade relations, a corner stone of my mission in the United Kingdom.
"We have continued, for too long, to lament the unhealthy reliance of the Nigerian economy on oil and gas exports, with its attendant vagaries. As efforts at finding alternative and renewable sources of energy are being intensified globally, it has become imperative for Nigeria to seek a better future of security and prosperity without oil and gas; a future anchored on sustainable domestic food security, export of non-oil products, manufacturing, value-addition and a knowledge-based economy, among other drivers of a modern economy.
"Today?s event must, therefore, be seen as a ground breaking process that should open the door for other Nigerian agricultural products not just into the UK, but also the European Union. Exporting Nigerian yam to the UK will not only improve the income of farmers, it will also create jobs, increase foreign exchange earnings, and improve the overall trade balance between Nigeria and the UK.?
Earlier, Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Doma, who led a high power delegation to the UK, said the state is encouraged and inspired by the Federal Government agricultural policies of massive schemes, interventions and incentives geared towards promotion of accelerated and focused mass production of agricultural products for domestic and international markets.
He said the state has abundant varieties of agricultural products for international markets, which includes yam, sesame, rice and cassava.