The project was conceived with the overall objective of expanding Nigeria’s food exports of sesame seed and sheanut/butter through improved sanitary and phyto-sanitary capacity building for both public and private sector.
It was funded 65% by the WTO under its Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and 35% by the NEPC. The Council in its effort to ensure that the project is successfully implemented has spent double its 35% contribution.
The project is domiciled in 8 States namely:
i. Oyo (Saki Town) – sheabutter
ii. Kwara (Kaiama Town) – sheabutter
iii. Niger (Babagi village) – sheabutter
iv. Kebbi (Tsamiya Town) – sheabutter
v. Kogi (Anyigba Town) – sesame seed
vi. Benue (Gbajimgba village) – sesame seed
vii. Taraba (Suntai Town) – sesame seed
viii. Borno (Bama Town) – sesame seed
Output: The project’s achievement includes amongst others:
- A documented baseline study characterizing the Nigerian sesame seed and sheanut/butter
- Extensive physico-chemical and biological analysis of the 2 products
- Development of effective HACCP, Sampling Plan, Traceability System
- Successful completion of shelters in the 8 locations to house equipment
- Successful fabrication, delivery, installation, test running and commissioning of the machines at the centres.
- Training on Best Practices for producers, exporters, standard enforcement officers, extension workers, by NAFDAC, IITA, SON, NCRI, NSSAN, NASPAN and NEPC to ensure that the intervention is implemented.
Selection of qualified investors with proven track record to manage the centers towards ensuring its sustainability.
Output: About 1000 persons were trained.
The Council funded the construction of a model site at Saki, Oyo State under the project for sheabutter processing, and has funded series of activities not captured in the project document to ensure its successful implementation.
Collaborating Institutions include:NAFDAC
- The 8 States ADPs
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