Nigeria is set to commence the export of farm produce to the United Kingdom and other parts of the world through the Mallam Aminu Kano international Airport, MAKIA, before the end of the year.
The development is a move toward diversifying the country’s economy to agriculture, which is in tandem with the Federal Government’s goal.
Comptroller of the Kano/Jigawa Customs Command, Mr. Matthias Abutu, made the disclosure during the Customs/Community Consultative Forum’s meeting, held at the Command’s headquarters, Kano state north western Nigeria.
He said that the exports would be flagged off with gum Arabic, sesame seed, as well as other assorted grains.
According to him, ‘’the exportation of such agricultural products is expected to start between November and December this year, pointing out that this measure in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda to diversify the country’s mono oil based economy to Agriculture.’’
To achieve the objective, Abutu emphasized that the Command has stepped up efforts to translate the goal into reality by regularly meeting with exporters of the products to ensure that it meets international standards and export procedures.
He stated that the Kano Customs Command has exceeded its revenue target compared to the previous year, although no figure was given.
Abutu explained that the quarterly interactive forum had being a huge success as the agency receives less complaint from stakeholders on matters bothering their business.
He added that stakeholders are allowed to interact freely with the Customs authorities to express their challenges, bordering on the clearance of their goods, including relating with NAFDAC officials and related agencies.