The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it is refocusing on its strategies to draw up new programmes that will enhance competitiveness of agricultural products.
The Acting director general of the organisation, Dr. Paul Angya, said this when he visited the North West regional office of the agency in Katsina.
He said the agency is determined to relate transparently with the public so as to enjoy their cooperation.
Dr. Angya added that the region being an agricultural hub must adhere to standard practices if it must compete globally.
” Katsina is an agricultural hub, producing food, food is essential to our economy you must ensure safety of produce from soil to table, the region also produces raw materials, which is critical to industrial development” he said.
He also reiterated his resolve to enhance economic efficiency, international competitiveness, quantity and safety of products through standardisation.
Earlier, the Regional Coordinator, North West Zone, Dr. Dauda Yakubu, said the agency has enjoyed working with various agencies of government in the region.
“The region comprises 7 states with 5 offices, we have limited staff strength but we have been working with various government agencies and stakeholders and we have been able to implement our standards in several areas like textile and leather, blocks and especially in water through the use of our water testing machine”
He pledged the organisation’s commitment to spare no effort in the fight against substandard products.