Ogun: NEPC educates 150 horticulture farmers and business owners about UK entrance laws and processes

150 vegetable farmers and business owners in the horticulture value chain have received training from the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Ogun State Coordination Office on the requirements and processes for exporting horticultural products to the United Kingdom.

The NEPC collaborated with the Ogun State Cooperative Federation to host the one-day course with the theme “Harnessing Horticultural Market Possibilities in the UK: Through Quality Regulation” (OGSCOFED).

The primary goal of the workshop, according to Ms. Francisca Odega, the State Coordinator of the NEPC, was to inform farmers and entrepreneurs in horticulture about the UK market’s current demands and standards for horticultural produce.

She also pointed out that Nigeria was missing out on the multibillion dollar vegetable and fruit market in the UK, Europe, and America, necessitating the need to inform the sector’s stakeholders about the enormous financial potential that were accessible.

The Ogun NEPC Coordinator urged the attendees to pay attention and take use of the workshop’s chances, while professionals from the National Aviation Handling Corporation and National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) echoed this advice (NAHCO).

Experts from the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) and National Aviation Handling Corporation urged the attendees to pay attention and take advantage of the workshop’s opportunities.

The Ogun NEPC Coordinator (NAHCO) The National President of the Horticulture Association of Nigeria, Mr. Sanya Falomo, the President of OGSCOFED, Wasiu Olaleye, and the Director of Research at NIHORT, Dr. (Mrs.) Olagorite Arinola Adetula, praised the NEPC for creating the program to educate and train horticulture exporters about the specifics of international standards and procedures.

Olu Ola Aikulola, the permanent secretary of the Ogun State Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment, said the ministry would be willing to work with NEPC to support exporters in the state, particularly in the horticulture and agro-industries .

He was represented by the Director of Commerce, Ariyibi Opaleye. Dr. (Mrs.) Badmus, a resource from NIHORT, observed in her presentation titled “Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) for Leveraging Horticulture Market Possibilities Via Quality Regulation” that Nigerian farmers had suffered greatly when exporting their goods, adding that safety and quality of The difficulties that Nigerian horticultural industry faces, such as low seed quality, lax regulatory oversight, susceptibility to pests and diseases, and post-harvest losses, are the most crucial information in this article.

The first stage in exporting horticulture products from Nigeria to the UK, according to NAHCO Project Director Steve Adelaja, is to secure the required licenses and certificates.

A phytosanitary certificate must be obtained from the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), and the UK Border Force will inspect you when you enter the nation. Phytosanitary Certificate, NAFDAC Permit, Packing List, Combined Certificate of Value and Origin (CCVO), and Export Documentation and Processing of Consignment are also required.

(c) The Sun

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