Worried by the repeated banning of some Nigerian agricultural produce from European countries, the Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce has called for the speedy passage of Nigeria’s Food Safety Bill.
NBCC’s President, Tunde Okoya, made the call in Lagos at the organisation’s Breakfast Meeting, noting that it was imperative for the National Assembly to expedite action in the passage of the bill.
The theme of this month’s Breakfast Meeting is “How Europe and Nigeria Can Benefit from a Mutual Cooperation’’.
Okoya said the recent ban on beans from Nigeria coming to Europe should serve as a challenge for the nation urging the need to improve the processes in food safety.
While calling on the National Assembly to oversee the speedy passage of the Food Safety Bill, he noted that the the bill will create a whole new industry in food packing and set safety standards that will create new professionals that will transform the nation’s whole agro-industry.”
According to him, the passage of the bill will transform the sector the same way the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control has transformed the nation’s pharmaceutical and food processing industry more so as the passage would afford Nigerian agricultural produce the opportunity to meet with global sanitary standards, as well as enhance its ability to compete favourably internationally.
Meanwhile, the Head of Trade and Economic Section of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Fillipino Amato has declared that Nigeria was not also qualified to export aquatic products to EU countries.
Amato made thie declaration in a presentation entitled, “How to Increase Opportunities for Exporting Agribusiness products to the EU’.
He however revealed that countries like Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda, Gambia and Mozambique were, already qualified to export honey and aquatic products to EU countries.
To qualify Nigerian farmers must understand the export requirements to European countries.