70% of food exports from Nigeria rejected abroad – NAFDAC
OVER 70 per cent of food exports from Nigeria are rejected abroad, with huge financial losses to exporters and the country.
Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, lamented the development in a statement signed by NAFDAC’s Resident Media Consultant, Sayo Akintola, during official commissioning of International Airport-Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, Lagos, yesterday.
Adeyeye said the rejection in some European countries and United States of America may soon become a thing of the past, if collaboration between the agency and other government agencies at ports is strengthened.
According to Adeyeye said the deplorable state of export trade facilitation for regulated products leaving the country has remained a serious cause of concern for her agency, adding that a trip to NAFDAC export warehouses within the international airport would explain the major reason for continued rejection of Nigerian exports abroad.
Noting that the agency is responding to the challenge by initiating a collaborative venture with government agencies at the ports, to ensure goods are of requisite quality and meet the regulatory requirements of importing countries and destinations, she said this raises the need for more enhanced regulation of export-packaging, pre-shipment testing and certification, to provide quality assurance and minimise rejects.
“The mandate to safeguard the health of the populace through ensuring that food, medicines, cosmetics, medical devices, chemicals and packaged water are safe, efficacious and of the right quality in an economy that is overwhelmingly dependent on importation of the bulk of its finished products and raw materials could never have been actualised without effective presence of NAFDAC at the ports and land borders. Without Customs, we will not be able to do a lot of what we have been able to do. The collaboration between Customs and NAFDAC is huge,” she said.