‘Massive wines importation bane to local manufacturing’

A researcher, Bidemi Ojeleye, has attributed the low impact of local wines in the market to unfettered importation of foreign brands.

Ojeleye, who is a director of Bee Research and Development Institute said in Lagos on Monday that unregulated wine importation would continue to make local brewers irrelevant, saying there was need to pursue a well-defined policy of ban on importation of wine to boost local production.

He also said local distillers of wines were groaning under harsh business environment, and “the Federal Government needs a purposeful policy that will encourage farmers to grow crops that will facilitate wine production”.

He said, “Key infrastructure such as good roads linking farms to factories and adequate agro-processing plants will inject the necessary inducement for local wine production too.”

The government could also facilitate partnership between local wine producers and their foreign counterparts in the area of research and development, he said, noting that “such partnership will enrich our local wine brands and expose us to raw materials and equipment that are fallowing as a result of our lack of knowledge of their usefulness.”

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