In order to diversify the revenue base of the country and enhance exports in keying into the non-oil driven agenda of the Federal Government, the Nigerian Exports Promotion Council (NEPC), yesterday held a one-day sensitization workshop to educate farmers on best practices as it regards post-harvest handling of sesame seeds for export.
The zonal coordinator of NEPC, Benue State, Mr Emmanuel Etim in his remarks at the workshop which was held in Gbajimba, the capital of Guma local government area of the state said, the workshop was the first of its kind since the council was established in Benue about six years ago.
He informed further that Benue, being the food basket of the nation, has unparalleled agricultural production potentials hence the need to properly educate rural farmers on how to store and package their yield for exports and in the process enhance their standard of living.
According to him, sesame is one of the commodities that forms the bulk of commercial and agricultural activities undertaken by Benue farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural value chain, expressing regret however that its full export potentials are yet to be maximally harnessed.
In their goodwill messages, Benue State commissioners for Agriculture and Natural Resources and that of Commerce, Trade and Investments, who all spoke in representative capacities, thanked NEPC for the wonderful initiative and promised to do their best in diversifying the economy.