Five containers of beans exported from Nigeria to the Republic of Ireland have been rejected and returned by the importers after the products were received with heaps of weevils according to reports in the Leadership..
It is not clear when the rejected product was exported.
Across Europe, Beans have become expensive because of the exportation ban from Nigeria by the European Union. It is believed Nigerian producers will however resume exportation of beans to EU countries by June this year, according to the minister of state for Agriculture, Mr Heineken Lopobiri.
On the rejected containers of beans, Mr Lopobiri said the containers were returned because heaps of weevils were detected in them by Republic of Island Quarantine Service after inspecting the rejected agricultural product at the PTML Terminal, Tin Can Port Lagos yesterday.
The minister described the return of the containers as a national embarrassment, saying that the containers were exported without the knowledge of the Nigerian Agriculture and Quarantine Service.
Lopobiri said that government would be returning the Quarantine Service back to the ports to partake in the examination of import and export containers giving exclusive certification and to the Quarantine Service, which is global practice.
In highlighting the current economic situation in the country, the minister said “there is no more dollars oil and so, we need dollars from agriculture. We are in trade deficit with every other country in the world including Cameroun, and Benin Republic.
“So, we are trying to encourage as much export as possible so that we can substitute petrol-dollars to agro-dollars.
“No government agency has right apart from Quarantine to say that agro-products is banned for export or import, it is the legal and exclusive responsibility of Quarantine Service.”