Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, says Nigeria will on June 29, export 72 tonnes of yam to Europe and the United States of America (USA).
He said the yams will reach their destinations by July and that people in those countries will start having a taste of Nigerian produce.
Dr Olukayode Oyeleye, his Special Assistant on Media, in a statement on Thursday, said Ogbeh disclosed this at a meeting with members of the Committee on Nigeria Yam Export Programme.
The minister said the flag-off of the yam export would be done at the Apapa Port and that it would be exported in three containers at 24 tonnes
According to him, one container will be exported to the United Kingdom, while the other two will be taken to the US.
The minister appealed to the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) to reduce inspection charges on export produce to encourage more exporters and enable the country become competitive in the export market.
“To make yam competitive, we will work on the packages and the right types of trucks to be used for transportation of the produce.
“Oil and gas cannot employ millions of people just like agriculture so, we must work hard to move from oil to earning foreign exchange from agriculture,” Ogbeh insisted.