PINEX: Empowering pineapple processors to get the NAFDAC Agreement, the key to Nigeria market
Pineapple Processing for Export (PINEX) is a $14.76 million, eight-year project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). PINEX has three goals of improving pineapple productivity, improving product processing, and increasing pineapple trade.
The proximity of Benin to Nigeria represents a huge market opportunity for PINEX project beneficiaries, especially pineapple processing companies. However, before Benin’s pineapple processors can get access to the Nigerian market, all products going into Nigeria must be registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
NAFDAC’s mandate is to protect Nigeria’s public health by instituting a regulatory system that ensures only high-quality food and drugs are manufactured, exported, imported, advertised, distributed, and sold in Nigerian markets. For years, Benin pineapple processors have tried to get a NAFADAC agreement, without success.
Partners for Development (PfD/Benin), through the PINEX project and with help from PfD/Nigeria, organized an insightful two-day training on November 15th and 16th, 2021 followed by three days of site visits of six pineapple processors. During the training, the Nigerian consulting firm, Gill Consultancy tackled the NAFDAC requirements for registering Benin’s pineapple products. During the factory site visits, the consultants asked the pineapple processors questions and conducted inspections that the processing companies could expect during a real NAFDAC audit. At the end of the training and site visits, the pineapple processors stated they understood a lot more about NAFDAC.
From November 25 to 28, 2021, several pineapple processing companies, and organic fertilizer producers, all beneficiaries of the Pineapple Processing for Export (PINEX) Project, took part in Benin’s first International Agricultural, Agribusiness Modernization Exhibition, SIMA, held at the Mathieu Kerekou Friendship Stadium in Cotonou.
The SIMA aimed to enhance Benin’s agricultural and agribusiness potential by integrating modern mechanization into production and processing to increase agricultural product yields. It also presented new technological solutions adapted to African environments for successful agricultural developments, especially during COVID-19.
PINEX’s support enabled 11 pineapple processing companies, including CARDA, Benin Discount, CFTB, CSFT, ISTMAST Trading, CODJEA, TRANS AGRO INDUSTRIE, OJA, and GOLDEN CORPORATE, to participate in SIMA. The presence of PINEX beneficiaries at SIMA helped make their pineapple products better known to the many visitors who love pineapple and its processed products. The event was a great opportunity for them to make new business contacts and gain new customers