Agricultural Practical Empowerment Initiative (APEI), the NGO who has saddled herself with the responsibility of creating and facilitating the development of value-added agricultural businesses has finished all necessary arrangements and homework to create genuine channels in accessing the global market.
“In fact, we are here to eliminate all barriers in getting Nigerians’ agro export products cross the seashore to their respective market places. You just have to count on us, as we are Transforming The Economy,” APEI founders submit.
Over the years now, it has been observed that over 20 per cent of agro and food commodities grown for export in Nigeria and other West African countries are being rejected by buyers in Europe, Asia and the United States owing to their inability to meet up with the required minimum quality standards.
Obviously, it might be that the whole exporter’s consignments sometimes are rejected because they contain produce with one defect or the other.
The Change Trend Online got the ordeal of Mr. Sunday Anjorin, Chairman, SunyProfit International and the Grand Initiator of an NGO – Agricultural Practical Empowerment Initiative (APEI), as a case study. While he was a farmer, his produce suffered rejection as a result of his inability to provide sanitary standard compliance documentation.
According to him, agro exports have been facing lots of stringent requirements because of attempts by the European Union (EU) and other countries to secure a high level of protection for public health and consumer interests with regard to food products.
As earlier mentioned, some exporters are making it big exporting their produce to these markets; some are subjected to stringent conditions by major markets such as EU market. The concern, however, is that the requirements keep changing and as such would-be exporters need to be aware of them before launching into exportation, agro export business.
Another case was that of a Ghanaian food exporter, whose products to the United Kingdom revealed that it had got contaminated with a toxic substance following routine microbiological and chemical sampling.
Consequently, his stock was seized and destroyed in addition to several tons of maize meal being held at his industrial unit.
His economic losses were further compounded by damage in reputation as a product recall was announced resulting in every business he supplied being contacted to ensure products were taken off the shelves.
Never mind, APEI is now reassuring that Europe is an attractive market for African exports. This is because the region imports 40 per cent of all of sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural exports, including nuts, tea, coffee, citrus fruits, among others and there are amazing opportunities to export food produces, aside the challenges of regulatory requirements.
So, without getting you bored, the above Agricultural Empowerment Centre, after her official launching, will embark on the journey to create channels for accessing the global market.
Watch Out For This NGO: Agricultural Practical Empowerment Initiative!!!
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