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Friday, 31 July 2015

WORLD NEWS: Europe Bans Importation Of Palm Oil, Beans, Etc From Nigeria

NIGERIA’S economy, which is going through a turbulent period from reduction in oil income, is set to further unravel. Why? The European Union has just suspended some agricultural food exports from Nigeria. The food items banned from Europe till June 2016 are beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish and meat, peanut chips and palm oil. This is a setback for a nation that desperately needs to expand its export basket to boost domestic agricultural activities and create jobs.

According to the European Food Safety Authority, the rejected beans were found to contain between 0.03mg per kilogramme to 4.6mg/kg of dichlorvos pesticide, when the acceptable maximum residue limit is 0.01mg/kg. The embargo is a reflection of our inability to adhere to global standards, and this has come to haunt us at the international level again. Overturning the ban requires a firm approach to enforcing standards at all times.

But the ban is not a bolt from the blue. For some time, the EU has been warning Nigeria that the items constitute danger to human health because they “contain a high level of unauthorised pesticide.” The pesticide is applied when the products are being prepared for export. The EU said it had issued 50 notifications to Nigerian beans exporters since January 2013. It is baffling that the Nigerian authorities didn’t take any significant steps to reverse the situation. Likewise, the United Kingdom also issued 13 border rejection alerts to Nigerian beans exporters between January and June 2015. Our lax system will continue to hamper the economy from appropriating the benefits derivable from a revived export programme.

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FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Governor Progress PeeJay Johnson

that one concern una there

Enyinda Nathaniel Okey

dem just dey jealous us. na we no get internal strength to make our own laws against dem. Mugabe dey show dem pepper

Jerry Maka

I hope they will not ban Nigeria fr planting beans too?

Ezeji Nnecky Chidinma

nigeria! oh nigeria! wen shall stop taking short corners to achieve great things,even at the detriment of the nation's economy?

Olajide Young Johnson

I hope this is not just a conspiracy theory, i mean punishment for not accepting homosexual and gay marriage

Ayobami Muthieu

thank God. the food wey no reach every1 before.

Ayobami Muthieu

thank God. the food wey no reach every1 before.


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