Monday, 6 August 2018

UK Rejects Consignment Of Agricultural Produce From Nigeria

The UK authorities have rejected a shipment of Nigerian agricultural products worth 5 million Naira for failing to meet the requirements.

Nigeria's Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (NAQS) inspector in the southwestern area, Dr. Moses Adewumi, made the disclosure at a press conference.

He revealed that the shipment included bitter leaves, wrapping paper, pumpkin leaves, water leaves, native pears and backyard eggs.

Mr Adewumi pointed out, however, that the goods had been rejected because they did not have a phytosanitary certificate.

Business Post reports that a Phytosanitary Certificate is an official document issued to indicate that consignments of plants, plant products or other regulated articles meet the specified phytosanitary import requirements and are in compliance with the certification declaration of the consignment model. appropriate certificate.

Mr. Adewumi told reporters at the briefing that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) requires that in the movement of agricultural products or commodities around the world, products must be free from pests.

According to him, "In this case, we currently have about 41 International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), which guide the transfer of products.

"When you ship products off the coast of the country, the global process is accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate attesting to the welfare of the exported product."

He said: "Any goods not accompanied by certificates is against the law," explaining that "this is the reason why all these shipments were returned to the nation (Nigeria) because most of them 'were not accompanied by certificates. "

But Adewumi said NAQS is working to ensure exporters and non-exporters are aware of these requirements to prevent this from happening in the future.

Last year, some shipments of yams exported from Nigeria to the United States at a ceremony in Lagos, in the presence of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, were rejected. because of their poor quality.

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