Chairman, Technical Committee on Yam Export, has revealed that yam exporters in the country were finalising processes to export another consignment of yam in the first quarter of 2018.
According to him, not all the yams in Nigerian markets are suitable for export, as a result his committee had taken time to do a tour of all the yam markets across the country to inspect the quality of yams there.
“Not all species of yam are good for export. So, yam farmers and traders need to know the species that are good for export.
“They also need to know how to select, store and preserve them to increase their freshness and ability to stay long without decaying.
“We also have to let yam farmers know the seed yams they will plant that will be good for export,’’ he said.
The last time Nigeria tried to export yam to Europe was in April last year, but unfortunately, the consignment was rejected due to quality and improper storage.
Irtwang said that having learnt from the challenges of the first consignment, the committee was hopeful that the second one would achieve 100 per cent success.