|Nigeria Yam Market|
A total of 72 metric tonnes of yam will leave the shores of Nigeria for United Kingdom and the United States of America next week, the Federal Government has said.
It stated that the commencement of the raw food exportation from Nigeria would be done through the Apapa Port in Lagos next Thursday.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, disclosed this at the end of a meeting with the technical committee on the Nigerian Yam Export Programme in his office in Abuja on Thursday.
Ogbeh noted that of the 72 metric tonnes to be exported in three containers of 24 metric tonnes each, one container would go to the United Kingdom, while the other two would go to the US.
The minister, according to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Olukayode Oyeleye, assured the exporters of the government’s support and promised those who led the effort that everything spent would be refunded.
On how to make money from Nigeria’s agricultural export, Ogbeh said, “We must sell all we can to the world. We account for over 60 per cent of yam production, yet people do not know that we grow yam.”
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