Exporters have lamented that poor regulations by government agencies are threatening the country’s soybean exports.
A Nigerian-based Indian exporter, Aarjun Aarav, in a letter to the Department of Plant Protection, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, sighted by The PUNCH, claimed the misuse of phytosanitary certificates and other relevant documents for soybean shipments into India, was threatening the integrity of the country’s import processes.
He said, “The use of counterfeit documents not only poses a threat to the revenue of the Indian government but also raises significant concerns about biosecurity and quality standards.
“The authenticity of the product’s origin and its quality checks can no longer be guaranteed, potentially jeopardizing the safety and health of consumers,” he stated.
Aarav urged the Department of Plant Protection to take immediate action to address the challenge.
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council in its half-year 2023 report said that soybean was among the 3, 944, 344.17 metric tonnes of product worth $2.54bn exported within the period under review.
Also, another exporter and the Managing Director of LWL Concept, Lawal Wasiu, told The PUNCH that most countries including India were not satisfied with Nigeria’s soybean documentation for export.
“The truth is that other countries and not Indians alone do not trust our documentation for Soybean export. These are the issues and the government is working to devise a way of addressing those issues.
“The government has created a platform to monitor those issues. There was an allegation that some of our exports were rejected at the final destination. So, those governments are trying to address that,” he stated.
According to Wasiu, only a few agencies were formerly allowed to test the samples for export. “The countries we are exporting to are not comfortable with the document we present for export. So, the government is trying to address these issues, because if they leave it like that, it will affect the general export of those commodities,” he noted.