It is not always bad news. At least this one sounds interesting, that is if it works and is also sustained. This is the story;
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said that Nigeria will on June 29, export 72 tonnes of yam to Europe and the United States of America (USA).
A statement by Dr Olukayode Oyeleye, the Special Assistant to the minister (Media), in Abuja on Thursday, said Ogbeh disclosed this at a meeting with members of the Committee on Nigeria Yam Export Programme.
Vanguard reported that the minister said the flag off of the yam export would be done at the Apapa Port and would be exported in three containers at 24 tonnes each. According to him, one container will be exported to the United Kingdom while the other two will be taken to the U.S. The minister appealed to the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) to reduce inspection charges on export produce to encourage more exporters and enable the country become competitive in the export market. “To make yam competitive, we will work on the packages and the right types of trucks to be used for transportation of the produce. “Oil and gas cannot employ millions of people just like agriculture so, we must work hard to move from oil to earning foreign exchange from agriculture,’’ he said.
Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/06/nigeria-begins-exportation-yam-europe-u-s-june-29/
View: This sounds good if “Nigerian factor” does not affect it. Some people may argue that we in the country have not had enough to eat and government is talking about exporting yam. Some others are of the opinion that this is a good idea. What is your view on this?