The Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) has highlighted several key factors contributing to the rejection of Nigerian food exports in the international market.
These factors include non-compliance with global food standards, inadequate packaging, and insufficient adherence to food safety practices.
During a press conference preceding the 47th Annual Conference of the National Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) in Abia State, Professor Joseph Oneh Abu, the National President of NIFST, expressed his disappointment that Nigeria’s food exports have not gained acceptance in the global market, despite efforts to overcome this obstacle.
Professor Abu also highlighted the negative impact of poor branding on the marketability and competitiveness of Nigerian food products in the global market.
While acknowledging Nigeria’s potential to become a dominant player in the global food export market, Professor Abu emphasized the need for more deliberate efforts to tap into the significant opportunities within the sector.
He restated the preparedness of NISFT “to harness the abundance of talent, knowledge and skills among food professionals in Nigeria towards food sufficiency and good nutrition of the masses.”