The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Makurdi Zonal Office has been commended for successful exportation of 22 metric tonnes of Benue State Yams to the United Kingdom.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Information Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Ahangba Ayati, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Makurdi.
According to the statement, the Commissioner of the ministry, Mr Donald Gbugho, gave the recommendation in Zaki-Biam, Ukum Local Government Area, Benue while inspecting yam processing facilities in the area.
It further stated that Gbugho was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Neeyum Tsavnum.
It also said that the commissioner further called on farmers to take advantage of the enabling environment created by both the Federal and State Governments.
He urged them to intensify efforts in the cultivation of yams in order to meet the growing demand of the crop.
Earlier, Acting Zonal Controller, Akintunde Furolushun, said the yams would take 22 days in the sea before it would be delivered to the United Kingdom. Furolushun said that the yams were well packaged according to international specification.
He further said that plans were underway by the council to bring experts to train yam farmers so as to enhance their farming skills and to produce the crop in line with exporting standards.