Following the 3 years ban on some of the nation’s produce produced by the European Union, the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) said it plans to end the spell before the end of the year.
This was disclosed by the Coordinating Director, NAQS, Dr Vincent Isegbe, during an interview with newsmen.
Dr. Isegbe stated that NAQS was working with other government agencies to put an end to the EU ban on the country’s food items which include beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, fried fish, meat, and peanut chips amongst others.
According to him, ‘‘These are the linkage we are trying to strengthen to ensure everything is put in perfect place. We are working hard and our desire and hope is that at the shortest possible time we will be able to have sufficient things in place. The EU is monitoring and watching what we are doing and we will approach them to lift the ban.’’
Dr Isegbe stressed that the NAQS would be partnering with Nigerian Shippers’ Council to inspect and ensure the quality of containers.
‘‘If you are not a registered exporter, quarantine will not approve your commodity for export and each of those steps has rules and regulations that must be obeyed” He said