The Federal Government of Nigeria has stated that it is planning to export processed yam products, roasted cashew nuts to Japan, Britain, the United States of America (USA) and the European Union (EU).
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who made this disclosure in Lagos, yesterday, said exportation of fresh yam tubers had already started.
“The target markets are millions of Africans, especially Nigerians in the diaspora, who want to buy and eat fresh yam.
“For those who will prefer yam flour and pounded yam, the ministry has identified five companies to process yam tubers into those products.
“We will get the UK certified standards for the exportation of those yam value chains.
“We will also put in our own checks and balances to ensure that every export meets the set standard.
“This is to ensure that the processed products are not rejected, once we start to export,’’ he said.
The minister also announced that “Nigeria is under great pressure to export roasted cashew nuts to Japan and all categories of beans and sesame seeds, among others, to India.”