By Godfrey Bivbere
Export of agricultural produce from the Inland Container Depot, ICD, in Kaduna has commenced, Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, has said.
The council explained that hibiscus (used in making local drink known as zobo); ginger and garlic are currently being exported through the facility to Egypt and some West African countries.
Speaking with Vanguard on the issue, Kaduna Area Officer, Bala Adamu, said claims that port operations had not started at the facility was not correct as they received about 20 containers by rail from the port in Lagos recently.
According to Adamu, “it is even the export that we are actually now trying to concentrate on. We are educating people in Kaduna. We have received some consignments heading for Egypt. Some people exported hibiscus which is used for making zobo drink and others are sesame seeds and ginger.
“The task is enormous and you cannot get it right at once considering the fact that this is a new concept and, of course, people have not yet embraced it.
“In the last two years, we have been intensifying efforts on export. It has yielded positive results but there is more that needs to be done, especially people in the hinterland.”