It is known that an Integrated Export Control Plan has been recently finalised, with the support of UNIDO (under the National Quality Infrastructure EU-funded project), and signed by both Minister of Agric and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment. Its implementation should start soon.
However, after the implementation has started, and proves to effectively address the issues that have brought to the ban on the EU imports of Nigerian beans, the Export Control Plan will be officially submitted to the European Commission that will assess whether the ban can be lifted and the exports of beans to the EU can resume. The whole process will still require some months, says a reliable source who was actively involved in the steps to guarantee wholesome food for export
The implication is that Nigeria is NOT yet ready to convince the EU of the need to revisit the ban. The bean was as a result of the presence of dichlorvos, a pesticide, in the exported dried form at levels above set EU standards.
The extended EU bean ban on Nigeria is expected to qualify for official revisit in 2019.