After correcting the hitches with the inaugural attempted at joining the global yam trade, Nigeria, the world’s largest producer of yam is ready for the second batch of export to United Europe and America.
Chairman of the Technical Committee on Yam Export, Professor Simon Irtwange says exporters are finalizing processes to export another consignment of yam in the first quarter.
According to him, the committee has been touring major yam markets, especially in the South-West, to inspect the quality of yams there.
“Not all species of yam are good for export. So, yam farmers and traders need to know the species that are good for export. They also need to know how to select, store and preserve them to increase their freshness and ability to stay long without decaying. We also have to let yam farmers know the seed yams they will plant that will be good for export”
Irtwang says this second export will not attract publicity as the flag-off had already been celebrated in 2017.
According to him, the exporters and the technical committee are also mindful of the Export Prohibition Act. He says until the act is repealed, the committee and yam exporters will carry out the export quietly.
He says the committee is in touch with the companies that produce cartons for packaging yams and the companies that receive them abroad.
Irtwange says, having learned from the challenges recorded during the first attempt at exporting yam, the committee is hopeful the second export will achieve one-hundred percent success.
The Federal Government flagged-off yam export to the United Kingdom and the United States in July 2017.