AGRIC products exports
gained an increase of 160 per
cent in the Tincan and Apapa
Lagos seaports in 2017.
The Minister of Agriculture
and Rural Development,
Chief Audu Ogbeh, who
disclosed this during a retreat,
said the increase was a good
development for the country.
He said that the increase
showed that the country
exported agricultural products
more than it was importing as at last year.
He disclosed that about $35
million was earned in 2017
from the export of a local drink
known as Zobo.
He said: “All containers that
used to carry cargo before
and were half empty are now
going out fully loaded with
goods for export, such that we
are now short of containers at
the ports.
According to him, apart from
oil and gas, agricultural sector
was the highest in terms of
job creation, adding that rice cultivation will is expected
to attract at least 12 million
Nigerians.
“This year is our last lap
and today, rice importation
from Thailand has drastically
reduced by 95 percent as
directed by the President, who
wants Nigeria to be a major
exporter of food.
“There is a demand for
Nigeria’s agro produce. All
we need do is to strengthen
our quality control and once
make agriculture a force and a
national culture.”

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