By Efe Ebelo
Snr. Correspondent, Abuja
Plans are underway by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to organize a series of step-down trainings on quality and packaging for Small and Medium Enterprenuers (SMEs) involved in food exports.
This was disclosed by the NEPC Board Chairperson, Mrs. Grace Clark at the just concluded Institute of Food Technologists (IFT 13 – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) Food Labeling and Food Expo which was held in Chicago, Illinois, United States of Africa (USA).
Mrs. Clark who led a delegation of Nigerian exporters to the event which drew over 1,150 exhibitors, said Nigeria’s participation was borne out of the need to expose our SMEs in the food produce sector to modern trends and technology involved in the export of food to the United States market given the global concern on food safety.
Clarke noted that the training programme and food expo provided a veritable platform for quickening the acceptability of Nigerian food exports to the global market which presently is valued at about $4.2 trillion.
She observed that given Nigeria’s population, the market has a tremendous potential for partnership with United States firms in food processing, handling and distribution.