Why Nigeria Cannot Export Dried Beans
The Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Olusegun Awolowo, has lamented the use of pesticide residue in storing dried beans and other legume crops.
Awolowo spoke at a training programme on “Suitable Storage Practices For Dried Beans” on Friday in Awka.
Awolowo who was represented by Mr Jackson Arnold, NEPC South East Coordinator, decried this at a training programme on “Suitable Storage Practices For Dried Beans” on Friday in Awka that the use of chemicals for crop preservation in the country had become worrisome and urged beans farmers, processors and marketers to desist from such practice.
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He said the European Union (EU) suspended the import of Nigerian dried beans due to the high amount of pesticide residue applied in their preservation.
“It was found that the quantity was above the maximum residue level needed, this should call for worry. This training is good for farmers, processors and marketers in the dried beans value chain,” he said.
The NEPC executive director further stated that many Nigerian farmers did not pay attention to the type of chemicals they use in crop preservation.
“The chemicals they use may not be banned; the issue here is that we need to stick to the required quantity. This will reduce incidents of rejection of Nigerian agricultural exports by European countries and other parts of the world,” he said.
An assistant director in NEPC, Afolabi Bello, urged bean farmers and exporters to prioritise quality production of crops as producing quality products will enable them compete at the international market.
The executive director, Nigeria Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), Patricia Pessu, described the training as a “good omen” for farmers and marketers.
Ms Pessu who was represented by Grace Otitodun, chief research officer, NSPRI, while delivering a lecture titled “Appropriate Handling of Dried Beans for Export and Food Safety”, said the training would tackle improper use of chemicals for food and crop storage and urged the participants to make good use of knowledge gained from the programme.