AGRIC MINISTER, AUDU OGBEH LIED, US DIDN’T REJECT NIGERIAN YAMS – EXPORTER

OKECHUKWU NNODIM and BAYO AKINLOYE A Nigerian yam exporter, Dr. Timothy Ijir, who is based in the United States, has said that the US authorities did not reject any yam exports from Nigeria. He stated this in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday. He said, “I am the only person who has imported Nigerian yams into the US and I can say without equivocation that they were not rejected. Any statement to the contrary is false and misguided. “Some of the statements and quotes credited to the Minister of…

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THE SAD STORY OF NIGERIA’S YAM EXPORT TO AMERICA THAT FAILED

Sad story of Nigeria’s yam export to America By Steve Agbota On June 29, Nigeria began to export yams to Europe and the United States, as part of moves to diversify its oil-dependent economy and earn the much-needed foreign exchange. The initial purpose of the yam programme was to earn foreign exchange in the region of $10.0 billion annually over the next four (4) years. The excitement of the yam adventure came as the country struggles to shrug off the European Union (EU) ban on Nigeria beans which is yet…

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AUDU OGBEH REVEALS WHY NIGERIA’S YAM WAS REJECTED IN THE US

Nigeria’s Minister of agriculture, Audu Ogbeh has said that the United States rejected yam exports from Nigeria because of their poor quality. In June, Nigeria exported yams to China, United Kingdom and US as part of efforts to reduce dependence on oil and increase income from the agricultural sector. The Minister vowed to investigate both the exporting company and officials of the ministry’s department of quarantine for allowing “such substandard good to leave the shores of the country”. “Some consignment of yams were exported from Nigeria to the United States…

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FG PROBES EXPORT OF POOR QUALITY YAMS TO US

The Federal Government has commenced investigation into the recent exportation of poor quality yams to the United States of America. The Federal Govern ment had said it was targeting about $8 billion as annual foreign exchange from the exportation of  yams to other countries if its yam export programme succeeds. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in June, flagged off the export of 72 metric tonnes of yams to Europe and the United States of America and the United Kingdom (UK). Briefing reporters at the end of yesterday’s FEC meeting which was presided…

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PRICE OF YAMS GO OVERBOARD AS EXPORT MARKET TAKES TOLL

Derrick Ata, local yam seller The prices of yam in Benue State have continued to soar since the Federal Government began exportation of the commodity to the United Kingdom within the past three weeks. Farmers and traders in yam communities in the state are delighted at the development as most of them now confidently smile to their banks but consumers are worried over the high cost of  the produce. While the farmers and traders believed that the long awaited opportunity to boost their income had arrived, those who mainly consume…

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