The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has disclosed that global organic food and drinks export is worth about 97billion dollars.
The Executive Director /CEO of NEPC, Mr Olusegun Awolowo said with the global increase in demand for organic food , the NEPC hopes to generate $200 million revenue within 10 years from the development of organic farming of seven priority commodities for export .
Awolowo who was represented by the Director, Trade Information, Jamie E. Memuduaghan stated this at the National Programme on Organic Farming for Export, signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between NEPC, Tak Integrated Agriculture solutions limited and Nicery limited on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, the organic farming development programme for export is a critical market intervention and value chain linkage programme under the Zero Oil Plan ( ZOP).
He said the project is also aimed at equipping farmers with the requisite skills acquired for organic farming through capacity building under the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Initiative.
“The ultimate goal of the project is to contribute to the Federal Government policy of developing the potentials of the non-oil sector of the economy through improving production and post-harvest handling of the seven priority organic products for export, with the view to expanding and increasing Nigeria’s share in the global market ,” he said.
Also, the Managing Director, Nicert in Partnership with Ecocert , Annabel Kamuche said they are happy to be part of the team to create a revolution in the agricultural sector .
She said it is high time the country start selling products that have competitive advantage in the international market.
“The Indians, Israelites have been exploiting us here in our country . We also have to change the narrative and place Nigeria where it ought to be. We as Nigerians can make a difference,” she said.