Nigerian Export Promotion Council

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has explained that bureaucratic bottlenecks in accessing funds for export of non-oil products, made the Federal Government to create a new funding scheme.

NEPC’s Executive Director, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, disclosed this in Enugu at a workshop on Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) for cashew farming and export finance facilities.

He said the funding scheme was part of efforts at diversifying the economy to non-oil export to make the country survive at zero export of crude oil.

He said the commission had embarked on several sensitisation campaigns and capacity building for various stakeholders.

Awolowo said it would bring to the fore, benefits derivable from exporting Nigeria goods and services to foreign markets.

He explained that the commission’s zero oil plans would ensure massive production and massive marketing of non-oil products.

According to him, cashew has been listed as one of the categories of agricultural products to be exported, over which the government has invested heavily.

The NEPC’s boss said governments at various levels were working to curtail problems associated with poor quality and outright rejection of the country’s products.

He added that this was necessary to ensure the acceptability and appropriate pricing of locally made cashew.

“Towards this, the Federal Government has established a committee to set quality parameters for agro products.

It would also validate Nigeria Strategy for a Single Quality Control Management System and achieve zero rejects of agro-commodities by foreign buyers.

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