EGYPYT – The Egyptian government has extended the suspension of exporting beans and lentils for three more months in bid to fulfil local demand in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The first export exemption of the leguminous crops was undertaken in April this year.

Trade and Industry Minister Nevine Gamae said the decision was taken after full coordination with the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade and came in implementation of a comprehensive plan adopted by the government to secure the citizens’ needs for commodities.

The move falls within the framework of the precautionary measures taken by the State to address the impact of the spread of COVID-19, reports Egypt Today.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government of Nigeria has moved to curtail rejection of the country’s agricultural exports.

Piqued by the rising poor food safety practices and standards that led to huge economic losses evident in the myriad of rejects of some food exports at the international markets, the Nigerian National Accreditation Systems (NiNAS), said it is driving performance in the food supply chain to reduce the incidence.

NiNAS further declared a readiness to support Nigeria to achieve food safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic through reduction in cases of contamination, poor preservation method, and adulteration of food products, reports The Guardian.

The agency disclosed this as it marked this year’s World Accreditation Day, on June 9, themed, “Accreditation: improving food safety.”

The Director-General and Chief Executive of NiNAS, Celestine Okanya, said, “COVID-19 has shown us that food safety does not only have human health implications, but could have a direct and adverse effect on both local and global economies are linked.”

“The fact that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was initially found around people associated with seafood and live animal market, and the limited information about its transmission calls for learning and systemic change on how we perceive the role of accreditation services in general, and specifically as accreditation relates to food safety,” he stated.

Okanya said the sole aim of accreditation is to assure end-user and regulators that a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), such as a certificate or inspection body, testing, calibration or medical laboratory, has the required technical competence and operates impartially.

This competence is assessed by the accreditation bodies such as NiNAS against international standards and requirements.

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