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Sesame, Melon Seeds Export Under UK, EU Watch List Due to Presence of Contaminants – NEPC

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has said apart from cowpea ban, sesame and melon seeds export is under tight scrutiny by the United Kingdom and European Union (EU) owing to presence of contaminants, but the seeds are still allowed for import at the moment.

Recall that AgroNigeria reported that NEPC said export rejection constitutes a major constraint to the growth of the non-oil export sector in Nigeria, pointing out that the council is leading an inter-agency team to the United Kingdom (UK) as part of efforts to address the causes.

The Executive Director/Chief Executive of NEPC, Dr. Ezra Yakusak, who stated this during a media chat after the visit, clarified that only dried beans was prohibited from being exported to the EU.

Speaking, Yakusak said the team’s meeting with the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA), revealed that, contrary to the popular belief that majority of Nigeria’s agro exports were not allowed in the UK, there were only a few rejections.

The NEPC boss explained that the session provided a clear insight into the real causes of rejection of exports from Nigeria.

According to him, the mission provided the commission and other regulatory/facilitating agencies the opportunity to observe first hand, the processes of agricultural commodities import procedures and enabled them to interact with Port Health and Food Import Regulatory Agencies at the Border Control Posts (BCPs) in the UK.

Yakusak noted that apart from identifying the causes of rejection of imported commodities from Nigeria, the visit served as a platform to interact with Nigerians in the UK, informing them of the export opportunities in Nigeria.

The team, NEPC boss informed, had an interactive session with Nigerian food importers based in the UK, saying it provided a platform to interface with the importers to listen to challenges encountered in importing food items from Nigeria to the UK.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian delegation learnt ,among other things, that Products of Animal and Animal Origins (POAOs) like smoked fish can be exported to the UK, however noting that it must be from approved facilities and accompanied by necessary competent authority health certificates and other supporting documents.

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