NYSC, firm support corp members to export ginger to China
Amidst clamour to increase agro export so as to boost the nation’s foreign exchange, the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) yesterday commissioned the export of a container load of ginger by the exporters club of the NYSC to China.
The NYSC members were supported by the operators of the Nigeria Export Trade House in China under the mentorship and sponsorship of the agro-export firm to locate buyers, sort and prepare the ginger in readiness for export.
The Chairman of the agro-export firm Zeenab Foods ltd Mr Victor Ayemere mentioned that their aim was to change the mindset of Nigerian youths from being import dependent to export-oriented such that the majority of Nigerian youths become exporters.
He mentioned that the federal government gave them the mandate to set up and operate the Nigeria Export Trade House in China and other far east countries, saying their intention is to ensure continuous export of agro commodities.
According to him, there is a huge demand for Nigeria agric produce by China so their aim is to get as much people as possible to join in the export trade to China, adding that presently they have a demand for 17,000mt of agro produce and they are still trying to meet up with the demand
Ayemere said for these seasons their aim is to export a 100 containers of ginger, 100 containers of Sesame seed, Cassia tora and soybean.
On the rejection of Nigeria agro produce, he stated that produce are rejected when the exporters do not follow specifications and tries to cut corners saying usually when orders are placed, they give specifications to which the exporters must adhere to. In our own case, we have quality control officers who make sure our goods are in line with the specifications.
The Chairman of Zeenab Group however lamented that the insecurity situation in the farming communities has greatly reduced the number of agro produce coming to them.
The Director of Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development NYSC Mr Omotade Foloruso commended Zeenab foods for supporting the corp members in the export of agro produce, saying the skills acquisition is in line with their objectives at the NYSC of adding value to the corp members in the one year of national service such that they will not be a liability to themselves, parents and the country.
While urging the corp members to encourage others to join them, the Director urged the corp members to take the skill acquisition seriously as it would further boost their income.
He however disclosed plans to encourage the NYSC management to partner with Zeenab Foods limited to further train corp members on a pilot scheme and see how the program will go.
He urged the corps members not to see the one-year NYSC as a waste saying for as many that are willing to add value to themselves and would not want to be a liability to their parents, the agro-export skill acquisition remains a way out