The Standing Inter-ministerial Technical Committee(SIMTC) on “Agro Zero Reject” has developed a five-year action plan and a website to provide information required for integrated agricultural export control and business.
The development is part of the initiatives by the committee which was set-up by the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development with the mandate of ensuring that the ban by European Union (EU) on export of Nigeria beans is lifted and that Nigeria never, again suffer any reject of agro commodities in the export market.
Presenting the committee progress report to the minister of agriculture and rural development, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar in Abuja, director, federal department of agriculture, Engr Abdullahi Garuba represented by Bernard Ukattah, said some private companies will work with the ministry in ensuring the implementation of the pilot action plan.
The web-based platform will provide a service for the application and issuing of traceable, using Quick Response(QR Code technology), common health export documents for exports from Nigeria to other countries.
He said the website will activate the necessary links and codes for the verification of the certification of produce and conformity assessment digitally from any part of the world and a trader scheme produced to serve as incentive to private exporters that voluntarily conform to the provisions of Integrated Export Control Plan (IECP).
Responding, the minister commended the committee efforts in producing the document, adding the the plan will help Nigeria overcome agro commodities export challenges.