The Chairman of the Technical Committee on Yam Export, Prof. Simon Irtwang has said that yam exporters were finalising processes to export another consignment of yam in the first quarter to United Kingdom and United States of America.
Irtwang told news men in Lagos on Tuesday that the committee was going round major yam markets, especially in the South-West to inspect the quality of yams there.
“Not all species of yam are good for export. So, yam farmers and traders need to know the species that are good for export. They also need to know how to select, store and preserve them to increase their freshness and ability to stay long without decaying. We also have to let yam farmers know the seed yams they will plant that will be good for export,” he said.
According to him, the committee was in touch with the companies producing packaging materials for the yams, including the receiving companies abroad.
Irtwang said that the committee had learnt from the experiences of the first export and was hopeful that the second one would achieve 100 per cent success.