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By agronigeria -January 3, 2018
Farmers 1062x598Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said the volume of agricultural products exported through Tin Can Island Port in 2017 rose by over 150 per cent. and, Yusuf Bashar, said a total of 161,285.72 metric tonnes of agricultural products were exported through the port, up from the 55,000 metric tonnes figure for 2016.
He revealed that cocoa topped the list of commodities exported through the port last year, adding that pepper, soybean, rubber, milk, frozen shrimps, hibiscus flowers and ginger, were among other exported commodities through the port.
Bashar said 33,294 metric tonnes of cocoa beans were exported, followed by sesame seed and rubber, which recorded 15,189.78 and 15,072.84 metric tonnes, respectively.
Deputy Controller in charge of Exports, NCS, Audu Ochuma, said the increase in exports was accounted for by the agricultural activities in the country, adding that exportation required more diligence than importation.
He expressed hopes that exports of agricultural commodities would increase in 2018 due to Federal Government’s initiatives aimed at incentivising farmers.
“Over 5,000 duty-free commodities and items can be exported to the United States of America under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. A United States Embassy official had advised us at a function that Nigeria should concentrate on agricultural products and other specific areas outside technology, as we have a better advantage with the former than the latter,” he said.
He noted that Nigeria could benefit more from other African countries like South Africa which grossed over $300 million from exports to the United State alone.
https://agronigeria.com.ng/agric-produce-exports-tin-can-port-increase-150/

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