ABX Joins Global G.A.P

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Chinedu Eze

Air Business Express Ltd (ABX World), an indigenous agro-allied solutions provider, has joined Global Good Agricultural Practice (Global G.A.P), which sets worldwide standard for safe and sustainable agriculture.

ABX World is the first and presently, the only Nigerian company to attain the height, with a set definite set target to ensure provide avenue for ordinary farmers to earn huge revenue through the export of perishable farm produce.

According to the company, Global G.A.P. members create private sector incentives for agricultural producers worldwide to adopt safe and sustainable practices to make the world a better place to live in for the global community.

Its set mission is to globally connect farmers and brand owners, like notable supermarkets in Europe and North America, in the production and marketing of safe food to provide reassurance for consumers.

The group lays the foundation for the protection of scarce resources by the implementation of good agricultural practices with a promise for a sustainable future.

As a member, a letter endorsed by Global G.A.P Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kristian Moeller, attested that ABX World has become part of producer and supplier members who “demonstrate their commitment to fully comply with the Global G.A.P.

“The organisation acts as industry leaders in G.A.P. As members they are entitled to use the Global G.A.P. logo and represent their producer interests in the Global G.A.P. governance structure. In this position they may act as a driver for innovation in their market and profit from first mover advantages”.

Speaking on the achievement, MD/CEO of ABX World Limited, Captain John Okakpu, expressed delight over the Global G.A.P membership status, adding that the feat would help place Nigeria in the global agricultural export map.

Okakpu said that ABX World is the new face of agro-allied export in the country and fashioned to train farmers, and others within the logistics and supply chain.

“The global network that we operate at ABX World is very richly enhanced by our strategic alliances with some of the biggest and best players in the industry as follows; Pilot Air Freight based in USA (www.pilotair.com); including local national certifications by Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and others”.

Speaking on sundry agricultural export development in the country, Okakpu urged the federal, state and local governments not to relent on efforts to get the country’s agricultural programmes on the right track.

Citing Anambra state government’s strides in this regard, Okakpu said: “Solutions to the nation’s economic challenges are no quick fixes, however, agriculture is that sector that can do it for us. Years ago when we started this journey, many people thought it was a child’s play or one of those cacophonic statements and blabbing. Today, with this membership, ABX World is positioned to change the face of agro-allied industry in Nigeria. We are going to train farmers in different certifications, while leveraging the network to bring in off-takers like we are doing in Anambra State. Chief Willie Obiano’s administration has shown a complete total commitment in agriculture and desire to be the leading agricultural export state in Nigeria.

“It is heart-warming that Anambra State Government has taken the bull by the horns, dolling out N1.5billion SMEs loans program at nine per cent single interest rate; accessible to farmers through their cooperative societies. This is what the country needs! The most encouraging of all is the airfreight subsidy, which of course empowers the farmers to be able to transport their product overseas without quagmires. This will boost the confidence level of off-takers and boost agricultural state in the State; others can emulate this gesture.”