Imported oranges bad for the Nigerian Variety, sadly oranges are not on Nigeria’s Import Prohibition List, owing to existing regional agreements like the Common External Tariff (CET), which permits importation of fruits.
“The fruits are imported into the country the way frozen foods are being smuggled into the country…,” Mogaji said.
Each year, millions of tonnes of oranges and other fruits are harvested in Nigeria but a good number of them go down the drain as wastage, due to poor market access and poor storage facilities and transportation glitches. Most of the oranges in the country are farmed in the middle belt region of the country, with traders buying and conveying them across the country.
“It is abnormal for a country blessed with huge arable and tropical lands to allow imported fruits and agricultural produce in, as this would put pressure on the country’s currency, reduce revenue to both government and individuals, and worsen the rising rate of unemployment,” said Akin Omotayo, director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR).
Nigeria is currently the ninth producer of citrus fruits in the world, with 3.4 million tonnes, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in its report. Fruit juices are categorized under the food and beverage sub-sector, which is the largest of all the groups in the manufacturing sector.
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