The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on Friday trained 45 newly registered non-oil exporters in Enugu State on export procedures documentation, certification and other needs.
The Assistant Director, NEPC, Mrs Ngozi Ibe, said that the training was carried out under the Export Clinic of the council which was specially designed to build the capacities of trainees.
Ibe said that the training covered all the basics of non-oil export sector in the country.
“The clinic will unveil the myriads of benefits that exporters stand to enjoy in the course of exporting formally,” she said.
She said that the NEPC had over the years worked to achieve its mandate by coordinating and harmonizing export development and promotion activities in the country.
“The NEPC has taken the lead in all national export programmes and interfacing with international trade agencies on cooperation and capacity building.
“We recognise that international trade is quite different from local trading with several unique features and intricacies that set it apart.
“To this end, it is quite necessary for potential exporters and newly registered exporters to be guided through the process of exporting from Nigeria in order to maximize opportunities and avoid common mistakes,” Ibe said.
Also, the South-East Regional Coordinator, NEPC, Mr Arnold Jackson, said the mandate of the council was to spearhead the diversification of the Nigerian economy by expanding and increasing non-oil exports for sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
Jackson said that government had actively sought to facilitate export of commodities which he described as crucial for the economy.
The regional coordinator said that the council was always available to assist current and potential non-oil exporters to succeed.
In an interview, one of the participants, Mrs Nwamaka Eneh, applauded the council for their vibrant activities in the state.
Eneh said that she had never known about the activities of the NEPC until recently, adding that it was a new dawn for potential exporters in the region. (
The Nigerian Export Production Council (NEPC) has urged farmers to step up efforts in the production of high quality and affordable produce for competitive export markets and economic growth.
Mrs Amina Abdulmalik, NEPC Kogi Advisor, gave the advice at a workshop on capacity building techniques on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for agriculture produce at Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi on Friday.
Abdulmalik explained that the workshop was organised following the enormous challenges faced by Nigerian farmers as a result of lack of compliance with international standards at the foreign markets.
“Farmers that produce affordable, yet high quality goods, will no doubt be able to keep up with competitive export markets and contribute to economic viability, social acceptability, food safety and quality.
“In fact, keeping to such practice can also enable farmers build their reputations before the public.
“Production of quality farm produce involves the application of available knowledge to address environmental, economic and social sustainability for on-farm production.
“It also involves pre-and post-production processes, resulting in safe and healthy agricultural products,” she said.
According to her, it is on this backdrop that the NEPC has made it a matter of utmost importance, to train and educate farmers on new techniques and best practices for improved agricultural production and sustainability.
The advisor said that NEPC was committed to supporting small holder farmers and processors of major agricultural commodities.
She listed areas of necessary interventions to include capacity building, farm inputs as well as support to acquire vital product quality certification and grants to improve on productivity.
According to her, good agricultural practices are important because they reinforce responsible farm methods; from site selection and land preparation, to harvesting and handling.
She urged participants to listen attentively and participate fully at the programme for their improvement in modern farming techniques.
The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), has begun promotion of pigeon pea production and value chain in Kaduna State following its huge demand in the international market.
Mr Kasim Ahmed, the Director and Trade Promotion Advisor, Kaduna State Export Assistance Office, NEPC, said this in Kaduna on Wednesday at one-day capacity building to improve pigeon pea production for export.
Ahmed said that global demand for the crop had continued to grow, stressing that Nigeria was yet to tap from its export benefits in spite potential for massive production.
He said that the sensitisation was aimed at building the capacity of pigeon pea farmers, processors, and exporters in Kaduna state on modern techniques to boost production in line with international standard.
Ahmed said that India was currently the largest producer of the pigeon pea in the world followed by Kenya, adding that Nigeria’s potential had remained untapped.
“It is very important, therefore, for Nigerians to take advantage and leverage on the export potential of this crop to earn foreign exchange.
“Nigeria has the potential of becoming one of the largest producers of the crop.
“This is why we organised this programme to bridge information and knowledge gap on modern techniques and best practices that would improve production capacity and quality.’’
Mr Zacham Bayei, the Senior Trade Promotion Officer and Head of Product, Market Development Unit of the Export Assistance Office, NEPC, also harped on the need for farmers to key into pigeon pea production.
According to him, the whole idea of the sensitisation is to promote pigeon pea production and Value Chain in Kaduna State for export, as India, South-East Asia are major export destinations of the product.
“One of the mandates of NEPC is to identify, develop, and promote non-oil products that have export value.
“If more farmers and exporters key into the production and export of pigeon pea, it will go a long way in attracting high foreign exchange into the country.
“This in the long run will improve the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and create jobs for Nigerian youths.
One of the resource persons, Mr Emmanuel Nehemiah of Nehemiah Foundation International, noted the absence of large-scale pigeon pea farmers that could meet India’s demand for the product and other international market.
Nehemiah said that periodic workshops, seminars, and training programmes would go a long way in encouraging and boosting the value chain production of pigeon pea and similar untapped crops in espite of their export potential.
He advised producers, marketers, processors, and exporters of pigeon pea to establish a strong national association of pigeon pea to access support and leverage on collective strength.
Nehemiah also called on the smallholder farmers to form pigeon pea cooperative networks at regional, state, and local levels where pigeon pea was being produced. (
The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has sensitised women in Zamfara on packaging, rebranding and certification of their products for export.Mr Yusuf Ismail, the Zamfara Trade Promotion Advisor, said this while addressing the Micro and Small Scale Business Women in Gusau on Thursday.Organised by the Gusau Assistance Office, Ismail said the essence of the training was to expose women to the market accepted packaging and branding.He said the engagement of Nigeria in bilateral relation with other African countries through the policy African Continental Free Trade in 2019, NEPC considered the role of women in manufacturing and hence established women export development unit to promote exportation.He said most of the products manufactured by women were of good quality, but what they need is finishing that would make the products attractive to other countries.The State Coordinator, National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr Hamisu Yahaya, said women should certify their goods and meet with better opportunities in exportation.Yahaya said the only way local products can meet the demand of international market was by completing all the necessary registration and certify the goods.He said one must register company and product names before proceeding to NAFDAC as the agency only deal with corporate bodies, not individuals.He added that women in business need to take registration labelling and sanitisation of their products very serious as they were the common issues denied their products market internationally.
The Imo Government has pledged to increase its support for women entrepreneurs in the state through access to loans.The state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups, Mrs Nkechinyere Ugwu, made the pledge at a sensitisation workshop for businesswomen and their support providers.The workshop was organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and the International Trade Centre (ITC), in Owerri on Wednesday.
Ugwu, who commended the women for their resilience in spite of numerous economic challenges, promised to help them access loans for their businesses. She thanked Gov. Hope Uzodimma for providing the enabling environment for women-owned businesses to thrive in the state and pledged continued support for women-friendly initiatives. “Despite the numerous challenges facing businesses in the country and beyond, you, our businesswomen, have remained resilient and we are proud of you. “The state government will continue to support you financially and otherwise so as to improve our economy, improve livelihoods and maintain our place in the comity of states,” she said. In his remarks, NEPC’s Executive Director, Mr Ezra Yakusak, said that 25 Business Support Organisations (BSOs) had already been listed in the NEPC’s directory.Yakusak, represented by NEPC’s Trade Promotion Advisor in Imo, Mr Anthony Ajuruchi, called on women exporters to avail themselves of the financial and other forms of support. “Today, we are providing detailed information on various services offered by BSOs and the process of accessing the services and we’re doing on-the-spot registration with BSOs for those who cannot register on their own. “Many women are not benefitting from the BSOs for lack of information and sensitisation, hence this workshop,” he said.Ajuruchi, in his address, said that the programme, a brainchild of the Women in Export division of NEPC’s Export Development and Incentives Department, was designed to move the business landscape in Imo to the next level.He mentioned some of the BSOs to include women associations, cooperatives, government and Non Governmental Organisations.“One of the aims of the BSO directory project is to close the gap between women entrepreneurs and BSOs who can help them to grow their businesses.“Knowledge is power and we shall continue to seek it for entrepreneurs in Imo to build their capacity”, he said.Also, Vice President of the Imo Exporters League, Mrs Amaka Onwumere, urged women exporters to identify with the League so as to have increased access to vital information and available incentives.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by businesswomen, entrepreneurs and exporters from various parts of the state.VIN