Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development on Tuesday said the federal government will continue to export yam despite it initial setback.
Ogbeh, who spoke during a sensitization walk in commemoration of the world food day in Abuja said the aim of the exportation is to attract foreign exchange for the country.
The minister said that the recent setback would not deter the dealers of the produce from exporting it, adding that the current world market for yams was worth $12 billion – and Nigeria is among the highest producers of yams in the world.
“I read some news report about some yams arriving in Britain and being rejected. They stayed so long en route and if they stay that long, they are bound to rot. It happens to yams from Ghana as well. We will not stop the policy of the exportation of yam. I can assure you that.”
“We will continue to help exporters; we will not as an institute export yams. We only support the private sector to do that and if there are problems we will solve them.’
Exporters of yam include Messrs Wan-Nyikwagh Farms Nig. Ltd, Gboko, Nigeria and Oklanbest Limited, Ibadan, Nigeria.