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NIGERIA AGRICULTURAL QUARANTINE SERVICE
OFFICE OF THE COORDINATING DIRECTOR
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Nigeria set to resume export of hibiscus to Mexico – NAQS (3/12/18)
The Coordinating Director of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service
(NAQS), Dr. Vincent Isegbe, has said that Nigeria was set to resume the export of
hibiscus (zobo) to Mexico.
Dr. Isegbe made this known when the Mexican Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Marco
Antonio Garcia Blanco, paid him a courtesy visit at the NAQS headquarters in Abuja.
The CD of NAQS remarked that the issue of Trogoderma granarium has been
resolved in collaboration with stakeholders across the value chain; paving the way
for Nigeria to restart trade with the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus.
NAQS took the proactive step to suspend hibiscus export to Mexico following the
detection of the storage pest in some hibiscus consignments from Nigeria.
Dr. Isegbe said: ‘’In a couple of weeks, we will resume shipments to Mexico. Our
farmers are eager and the fields are near ready. The harvest season of hibiscus will
start any moment from now. And the good news is that Nigeria boasts a vast
growing belt, with harvest lasting up to five months.’’
Hibiscus is a very promising cash crop. In 2017, Nigeria exported 1,983 containers
of hibiscus to Mexico alone, earning $35 million within a space of nine months.
Mexico and other countries use hibiscus as organic colouring agents and wines.
Dried hibiscus also serves as a delicacy while the roselle is consumed as a vegetable.
Ambassador Blanco thanked Dr. Isegbe for his passion for improving Nigerian trade
with Mexico. The Ambassador disclosed that, with the ever-improving partnership
between NAQS and the Mexican embassy in Nigeria, his country would actively
consider expanding their import list to include cashew, sesame, soya bean, coffee
Dr. C. P Nwodo
Media, Communications and Strategies
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