‘Poor ports system made us spent over N29m on seed importation’

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Calls for inter-agency collaboration to encourage importers
By Gabriel Ewepu

An agribusiness firm, Fruits and Veggies Global Limited, yesterday, expressed frustration and blamed the poor port system over N29 million spent to import seeds.

This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer, Fruits, and Veggies Global Limited, Steve Bawa, in an interview with Vanguard, while speaking on poor synergy among government agencies at the seaports, which discourages importers.

According to Bawa in 2019, his company made an application to bring in seeds, and the National Agricultural Seeds Council, NASC, and Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service gave it approval.

He said, “We couldn’t bring in those seeds in good and we didn’t know about the new requirement needed for NAFDAC to approve the Form M.

“So we went to NAFDAC, and the office in Jos nobody seems to know anything, and then we got in touch with their people in Abuja…

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