Posted by Sade Williams
West Africa’s foremost ground handling service provider, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (nahco aviance), recorded a major fist Wednesday as it started the exportation of food items to Europe under its new subsidiary, NAHCO Food and Beverages Limited.
It commenced the exportation of fresh pepper after being certified by the NigeriaAgricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) and after consultation with foreign foodstandards Agencies.
The initiative has been touted by analysts as one that would revolutionalise theway Nigeria’s produce are packaged for foreign markets.This feat is frst by any major operator at the Airport and comes on the back ofaggressive push by the Federal Government for increased export of Nigeriaproducts.
The new export business by the Company is in conjunction with its appointed partners to export the rst batch of the exports consisting of high grade freshNigerian pepper.
Group Managing Director/CEO, nahco aviance, Mr. Indranil Gupta, said this development was coming at a time when quite a number of stakeholders had identified packaging as a major challenge for Nigerian exports.
He added that the Company is doing a lot to assist local producers of agric products in realizing their dreams of exporting quality commodities to markets inEurope, America and Asia.
“We appreciate the hard work some of our farmers put into producing theirgoods. NAHCO is trying to support them export these products so as to make these efforts more worthwhile for them. It is also a way of generating scarce foreign exchange for the country,” Gupta stated.
Explaining the process which led to the commencement of the food exports, the Senior Business Development Manager, New Business, nahco aviance, Mr.Emmanuel Illah, pointed out that the project is part of NAHCO’s larger expansions trategy driven by three major objectives: Growth, Risk Reduction and Protability.
According to Illah, the GMD/CEO of the Company, Indranil Gupta, drove the initiative and have provided support and technical know-how so far.
Disclosing plans by the Company to onboard new consignees/offtakers Illah added, “the marketing campaign and planned roadshow will take care of this. Weplan to expand the product range substantially in due course to accommodatethe requests from the diaspora markets.”