The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that it would formally flag off the export of yam to Europe on Thursday, the 29th of June.
The export plan was revealed by the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe, on Wednesday while addressing State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, chaired by acting president Yemi Osinbajo.
The minister said although Thursday’s event is the formal take off of the programme, previously shipped tonnes of yam that were exported earlier had arrived New York on June 16 this year.
He said about 72 tonnes of yams were to be exported in the first phase of the programme to the United Kingdom.
The minister said Nigerian yam is in high demand across the globe saying “it is an embarrassment not to find Nigerian yam in those markets.” “We don’t even consume all the yam we produce, most go to wastage.”
The minister said in order to address the wastage, his ministry is working on using solar coolers to keep the yams at 14 degrees to make it suitable for export.