The Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service has released conditions for yam exports to the U.S and UK to ensure they meet international standards.
Coordinating Director of Quarantine Service; Dr Vincent Isegbe, told newsmen recently in Abuja that the conditions were drawn up following consistent rejection of Nigeria’s agricultural produce at the international markets.
At the media chat, Mr Isegbe maintained that the Service would conduct thorough certification of the yams before their exports. Adding that the service would also sensitise farmers about the import requirements of the oversea countries.
Some of the conditions set by the Quarantine Service requires that the yam should be of uniform size and specie, should not have nematode infection or have a growth on its head;
The yam head should also be cut off and waxed with candle to prevent infection. It should be put in a carton and be properly labelled and weighed, amongst others.
Speaking further, Isegbe revealed that the country’s agro-commodities export potential was distorted for several decades as a result of poor quality control. He however called on yam exporters to abide by the new guidelines.