Why EU countries, United States reject foods exported from Nigeria

Why EU countries, United States reject foods exported from Nigeria

Nigerian farmers and stakeholders in the agricultural sector, have criticized the rejection of locally produced food crops exported to Western countries.

They complained that their produce for export had been rejected because the produce contained high residues of agrochemical substances.

The complaints were made in Yola, the Adamawa State capital during the launch of agrochemical Safety, an initiative of Feed the Future Nigeria Rural Resilience Activity, jointly implemented by Mercy Corps and Save the Children

According to Daware Iya-Umar, Adamawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Livestock Development, locally produced food crops for export get barred from European markets because of agrochemical residues arising from wrong use or application of agrochemicals.

”Most of our goods were returned while exporting, based on the fact that they could not pass the test of quality control. That quality control might entail, the chemical content in our products due to lack of adequate knowledge on the application of agrochemicals”, he said.

The stakeholders blamed the improper use and application of agrochemicals for making it difficult for Nigerian food produce to pass standards set for food safety.

Acting deputy chief of party, Feed the Future Initiative, Raymond Abogonye, said the United State government’s concern about safety of the food we eat is the motive behind the launch of agro-safety ambassadors.

Abogonye said the US and it’s European allies have food safety standards which must be adhered to from crop production up to storage but which most farmers are yet to observe, particularly in their application and use of agrochemicals.

According to him, agro-safety ambassadors which is the first level of awareness in addressing the challenge, in the pilot scheme, is expected to reach 500,000 farmers in the four states of Adamawa, Gombe, Borno and Yobe, where the activity is being implemented in the North East.

“Since we can’t reach everybody we want to use the facilitative market approach to include those who sell the chemicals themselves as those preaching the message of awareness to the farmers.

He further added that, “with over 1,000 agrochemical dealers on our register recruited for the campaign and each targeting 50 farmers on the safety use and application of agrochemicals”.

Feed the Future Initiative is a United States government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

Author: Greg