Connect with us

agriculture

Nigeria to supply US 1,440 tonnes of yams in 2018

Published

on

The Technical Committee on Nigeria Yam Export Programme says it is targeting the export of about 480 tonnes of yams per month in 2018.

According to the committee, the United States has already requested for the supply of five containers monthly, which amounted to 120 tonnes of yams monthly and 1,440 tonnes of yams in a year.

The Chairman of the committee, Prof. Simon Irtwange, on Monday in Abuja said that the target would be achieved if all the challenges, which yam exporters experienced in 2017, were surmounted.

He said, “If everything works out well, the U.S. authorities say they will need about five containers every month and one container contains 24 tonnes of yams.

“We are trying to aggregate the demand from other countries; so by the time we put everything together, we should be thinking of exporting about 20 containers of yams on a monthly basis.

“When you multiply 20 by 24, the total is 480 tonnes of yams.

“We have a work plan and we have a lot of activities that we have already pencilled down.

“We are working with relevant government agencies to provide the necessary support for the programme,’’ he said.

Irtwange said that the Nigerian Ports Authority had made available the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal to facilitate the packaging and movement of yams meant for export.

He said that the committee was also working with the NPA to get people who would invest in constructing yam pack houses at the terminal.

“The NPA has already given us the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, where we can bring our yams and do all the packaging before moving them down to the ports.

“That way, we will avoid the gridlock in Apapa because now, we are using batches to move the yams from Ikorodu to Apapa,’’ he added.

On the challenges which yam exporters encountered in 2017, Irtwange said that the committee had forwarded a report to the Federal Government on possible ways of tackling the perceptible hitches.

“On the issue of transportation, we need cold trucks; we also need yam conditioning centres.

“Presently, there is only one conditioning centre owned by the Nigeria Export Promotion Council in Zaki-Ibiam, Benue State, but that is not enough, we need more.

“On the issues of packaging and production of cartons for the yams, we are also hoping to have local investors.

“Right now, there are only two companies that can do this for us — an Indian company in Ibadan and a Chinese company in Lagos — and the problem is that in most cases, they don’t take orders for little quantities of cartons for production.

“A container will take about 1,200 cartons and when you go to the companies for the production of 1,200 cartons, they will say it is too small.

“We are also thinking that if there are people that can produce the cartons in small quantities, things will be okay. We want to get those who can produce small quantities of cartons for sale to yam exporters,’’ he added.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

Latest News

Business and Economy16 mins ago

Singapore maintains world’s 3rd most viable economy

Singapore has held on to its spot as the world’s third-most competitive economy in an annual ranking released on Thursday...

Uncategorized35 mins ago

NANS gives FG three months’ ultimatum to resolve NOUN Law School crisis

‎The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued three months’ ultimatum to the Federal Government to admit Law graduates...

Politics45 mins ago

Kingsley Moghalu declare for President under YPP

Professor Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, the 2019 presidential candidate and former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has announced...

education1 hour ago

Convocation: LASG promises to make LASU best varsity

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday says the state remains committed toward making the Lagos State University (LASU)...

Crime1 hour ago

Innoson Motor’s boss declared wanted

Justice Mojisola Dada of the special offences court sitting in Lagos, on Thursday declared the Chairman of Innoson Motors Nigeria Ltd,...

Politics1 hour ago

Court faults Jibrin’s suspension, order payment of accrued salaries

The Federal High Court in Abuja on  on Thursday voided the 180-legislative-day suspension imposed by the House of Representatives on a...

Metro2 hours ago

Home grown feeding: Vendor steals 200 crates of eggs in Niger

By Hammed Salawu,Minna A desk officer involved in the home grown feeding of primary school pupils has been caught with...

news2 hours ago

Niger drills 7 shallow oil wells, sets for Bida Basin oil exploration

  By Hammed Salawu, Minna The Niger state Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Hajiya Ramatu YuarAdua has explained that seven shallow...

Politics2 hours ago

Children’s Day: Senate urges FG to intensify effort to release Leah 

The Senate on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to intensify effort to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, the only...

Crime2 hours ago

N500m Money Laundering: Shagari, 4 PDP chieftains get bail

A Federal High Court in Sokoto on Thursday granted bail to former Minister of Water Resources, Muntari Shagari and four...

Advertisement

Copyright © 2017 Royal News.

%d bloggers like this: