For Nigeria’s produce to meet international standards, there is need for laboratory analysis to be carried out on them as done in the West.
Director, Commodities and Produce Inspectorate Department of Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Mr. J. Apanisile, made the observation in his keynote address at the just-concluded 29th conference of Directors of Produce in Lagos.
According to him, laboratory analysis will help determine the quality and chemical residue level in every exportable produce before they are sent out of the country, to enhance their marketability.
He said: “You could recall that in our last meeting in 2011, we did mention the issues of laboratory analysis, which is used in the western world to determine produce quality and chemical residue levels.
“We are not there yet in Nigeria and the only way we can be sure of churning out high quality produce to the international market and processing mills is by ensuring that parameters used in our empirical quality analysis for determining grades and standards are strictly adhered to
“We cannot afford to compromise this as the image of our country is at stake.”
He expressed regrets that only Kano State, in the whole of northern Nigeria, had witnessed appreciable progress in produce inspection.
According to him, the willingness and cooperation of the state governments, coupled with input from FPIS, helped a great deal in achieving this.
He said: “We expect other states to follow suit so that there will be less rejections at the port of shipment and processing mills.
“I wish to state as well that the FPIS headquarters was able to settle the face-off between the Rivers State Produce Inspection Service and the FPIS field officers in Port Harcourt.”