By Gilbert Ekugbe
“As far as agriculture is concerned, the international standards for most of the nation’s staple food products such as garri, dry beans, soya beans, rice and the likes we have developed are to ensure that our products meet the global benchmark, thereby forestalling a repeat of the rejection of our products as it happened recently at the international market”
Osita Aboloma, Director -General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos, said: “Out of the 800 international standards we developed in one year, 339 have been developed for the nation’s agricultural produce.
He said that SON has continued to use standardization and certification to support businesses to grow and be sustainable.
The SON boss represented by the Director, Standards Development, Chinyere Egwuonwu, said : “ We have developed standards for many agricultural products, like Shea butter, dry beans, smoked fish, yam flour, plantain chips, sesame seeds, oil, Rice, Cocoa, Cocoa Butter and Garri. It will interest you to know that the standard we developed for garri is accepted globally and now adopted by countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).”