Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Agricultural Produce Sellers Association of Nigeria (APSAN) to maintain standard agricultural products in the market.
Speaking during the signing of the MoU in Abuja, the Director-General of the SON, Mallam Farouk Faruk Salim, said cooperation is very important as agriculture is the backbone of the economy in Nigeria.
He said with the help of an association like APSAN, the organisation will be able to maintain the standard in the market, “APSAN would get a lot of experience, both in management, product marketing, labeling, and packaging training. We can work with both medium and large scale training in the agricultural industry to help them market their products properly but certify them in such a way that when they go to the next country, with our stamp, the receiving countries would know that this product is up to standard.”
Also speaking, the National President of APSAN, Aloys Akortsaha explained that apart from making sure Nigerian stand to gain good and standard products, “we would also serve as a medium between the Federal Government and the farmers”.
He further said the MoU would facilitate access between farmers and dealers, while perpetrators of substandard products or activities that are not satisfactory will be investigated and dealt with.