A world-class agro testing centre is to be established in Sagamu, Ogun State, South-West Nigeria by the African Development Bank (AfDB), The centre, when built, will stimulate the standardisation of farm produce export from Africa according to the Nation.
The site was conceived as part of ancillary infrastructure to drive viability for the about-to-be-completed Ogun International Agro Cargo Airport in Ilisan Remo, Ogun State, near Lagos.
Ogun State Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Mr. Ade Akinsanya, who confirmed the development, said the project is put together as part of international collaboration for driving air transport infrastructure in Africa.
The facility would address challenges associated with processing agro-allied produce for export.
“The only testing site approved in Africa by the AfDB will be located at a site not too far from here – Sagamu. That is one of the challenges people exporting goods out of Nigeria face because most of those goods don’t meet the international standard. So, before anything goes out, it will be tested before you can export it and it is just nearby.
“There will be an international testing centre here where all agro-produce that goes out of Nigeria will come here and be certified as complying with international standards. So, once that is done, goods from here can be exported to anywhere in the world.” – Mr. Ade Akinsanya added.
The cargo operators are not having a good time, the passengers also are complaining. This will be a relief to exporters and businesses in the region. Whatever is grown in Nigeria can be exported from this facility to any part of the world.