Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, recently disclosed that Nigeria will begin to export Yam to other parts of the world beginning from today June 29th.
According to Ogbeh, this will serve as possible means of economic diversification and also as a way of generating foreign exchange.
Addressing State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday, the minister said in the first phase, 72 tonnes of yam would be exported to the United Kingdom.
He cited a statistics by the Food and Agricultural Organisation that Nigeria accounts for 61 percent of the total yam output in the world.
Ogbe said the expected income would be determined in a month’s time after exports to the United States of America, the United Kingdom and China.
This photo below shows some tubers of yams being packaged ahead of their exportation to countries where they are needed: