By Usman Shuaibu
The management of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on Wednesday organised a one day sensitisation workshop for the farmers in Kuje Area Council of the FCT towards Zero rejection of agricultural produce export from Nigeria through the use of modern drying equipment.
In his welcome address at the occasion, the Assistant Director, National Export Office of NEPC, Mr. Samson Idowu who presented the address of the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Council, said the occasion was part of the efforts of NEPC in developing non – oil export in the FCT and Nigeria at large.
His words: “Over the years, Nigeria Export Promotion Council has contributed immensely to the development of non-oil exports in Nigeria, creating awareness about export development and bringing to the doorsteps of stakeholders export service delivery”.
He said: “As we all know, the task of developing non-oil export in the country is a collective one”.
He pointed out that the authorities of NEPC had engaged stakeholders at the level of Government as well as the Organised Private Sectors (OPSs) to dialogue salient global and local issues that could impact on the non-oil export sector today.
While commenting on the provision of guides for exporters and potential exporters in the nation as well as to provide more impetus to the economic recovery of the country, he said the Council had come up with the zero oil plan initiative.
This, according to him, “the plan identified eleven strategic exportable products for designated 22 global markets”, informing the crowd that “the zero oil plan document is now an integral part of the National Economic Recovery and Growth (NERG) plan of the Federal Government.
He told the participants that the Council organised this workshop to arrest some challenges of post-harvest losses as well try to reduce incidences of wastage occasioned by improper preservation of farm produce through the use of solar driers that were locally fabricated and affordable.
In his remarks, the Deputy Director, National Export Office of NEPC, Mr. Nanakaan Saave, said since 2017 the Council had been sensitizing the stakeholders of the FCT in agricultural sector across the area councils.
On his part, the Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi D. Galadima who was represented by the Head of Agriculture in the council, Dr. Ahmed Abdullahi, commended the efforts of NEPC for organizing the workshop for the farmers in the area.