The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has said Benue State will begin the processing, marketing and packaging of yam for export as from June this year.
Speaking in Makurdi on Thursday at a two-day stakeholders training and awareness for Nigerian Yam Export Programme, Head of NEPC Export Assistance Office in Benue, Emmanuel Etim, said the programme was aimed at placing Nigeria as a key player in global market through strategic yam export development programmes.
The theme of the forum is “Developing Nigerian Yam for Export.”
Etim also added that the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Audu Ogbeh, would inaugurate the first batch of packaged Nigerian yam for export at Lagos port on June 26.
He said the programme is also committed to creating adequate export awareness of the potentials of Nigeria yam.
Etim said the NEPC would transform Nigeria’s yam production, processing, packaging and warehousing to meet international standards, drawing from other countries’ yam export experiences.
Delivering his speech, the minister said yam production in Benue could generate huge foreign exchange earnings if properly harnessed through aggressive export.
Mr Ogbeh added that it could also create employment opportunities, generate global esteem and grow the nation’s GDP.