Reps Investigate Nigeria’s Dried Beans Export Ban

Dried beans export from NigeriaThe House of Representatives has mandated Committees on Agriculture, Commerce and Industry to investigate the ban on the exportation of dried beans from Nigeria to European countries.

This resolution followed a point of order raised by Honourable Dozie Nwankwo on Wednesday during plenary.

He expressed concern over the effect of the extended ban of dried beans export on the nation’s economy.

The ban placed by the European Union was done on the grounds that the produce contained high level of pesticide.

The committees are to report back to the house in two weeks for further legislative works.

Officials of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council had in September 2015 considered ways of reviewing the European Union’s ban of products from Nigeria.

Issues of poor packaging, non-adherence to food safety measures and non-compliance to administrative procedure had characterised ‎product export from Nigeria to countries in Europe.

The Executive Director of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, said the ban, according to a report from the World Bank, could lead to a drop of over $6 billion exportable goods from developing countries in 2016.

Export Council Seeks Review Of EU Ban On Nigeria’s Products

Agricultural products banOfficials of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council are looking at ways of reviewing the European Union’s ban of products from Nigeria.

Issues of poor packaging, non-adherence to food safety measures and non-compliance to administrative procedure had characterised ‎product export from Nigeria to countries in Europe.

The Executive Director of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, said the ban, according to a report from the World Bank, could lead to a drop of over $6 billion exportable goods from developing countries by 2016.

Announcing the ban, the European Food Safety Authority said that the food substances were banned because they contained ‘a high level of unauthorised pesticide’.

The food items banned till 2016 include, beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish and meat, peanut chips and palm oil.

According to the EU, Nigeria’s beans was banned because it contained between 0.03mg per kg to 4.6mg/kg of dichlorvos pesticide when the acceptable maximum residue limit is 0.01mg/kg.

The Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Paul Orhii, blamed exporters for the ban.

He said they had failed to comply with regulatory requirements for semi-processed and processed commodities.

Nigeria, Mexico Launch Chamber Of Commerce And Industry

Nigeria-MexicoThe Nigeria/Mexico Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been launched to fast track business opportunities in both countries.

Executive Director of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Olusegun Awolowo, said the bilateral ties will help in job creation as well as promote products and services in the international market.

He said that the initiative will also make both countries tap into the opportunities in sectors such as manufacturing and the automotive sectors away from oil based economy.

Trade relations between Nigeria and Mexico currently is said to have increased by 200 per cent.