The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS)said Nigeria will now resume the export of hibiscus to Mexico. This was made know by the Coordinating director, Dr. Vincent Isegbe in Abuja.
The export of hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo leaf was earlier suspended by NAQS after storage pest was detected in some consignments from Nigeria. Dr. Vincent made it known that the issue has now been taken care of in collaboration with stakeholders in the value chain and resumption of the exportation of the plant will begin.
According to him, Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus and the country earned $35 million within nine months from exporting 1,983 containers of the plant to Mexico in 2017.
Nigeria has a huge foreign exchange potential from exporting hibiscus with harvest available all year round. “We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for the country and support the present administration’s diversification of the economy,” Dr. Vincent said.