SON, EU partner on export

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the European Union (EU) have begun an initiative to establish a code of practice for Nigerian agricultural products for exportation.

A statement jointly signed by the Deputy Director, Standards Directorate of SON, Chinyere Egwuonwu and Irina Kireeva of EU said to achieve the goal, the organisations planned a national training on standards on code of practices for products.

The theme of the training, scheduled to hold in Abuja on Thursday, is “Standard and Quality: Unleashing the Potential of Agricultural Products to Grow the Non-oil Export in Nigeria.”

The statement said the training will focus on products such as cocoa, beans, Shea butter and melon. It added that the event would unveil the result of training facilitated by the organisations focusing on exports on key agricultural commodities.

The workshop would equip participants with the technicalities of the export market with regard to the issues of development of standards and the engagement of the private sector.

It said the workshop was critical for transforming agriculture in Nigeria and would help participants understand that Africa could feed itself through agriculture and export.

The statement said the training would lead to adopting modernised and commercial agriculture, which was the key to transforming the country’s economy.

The training is to be organised by African Caribbean and Pacific Countries from the EU’s Technical Barriers to Trade.

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