Nigeria Needs to Develop its Halal Value Chain to Compete Globally


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Nigeria's quest to become the leading hub for the Halal Market in Africa hinges on developing a robust value chain, that provides innovative products and services.

Diana Sabrain  CEO/Co-Founder OneAgrix disclosed this in a recent conversation on the opportunities for deepening the Halal market in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sabrain said Nigeria also needs to key into a strategic shit to adding value to the commodities and raw materials it exports to global markets. The trade expert underscored the importance of Halal certification, which would put the country at a vantage point in global markets.

She stressed that it was time for stakeholders in the industry in Nigeria to work together to provide pathways for its growth and development.

She made a strong case for Agric-processing to be given more attention in the country, arguing that it would catalyze efforts towards export diversification away from crude oil.

Speaking further on OneAgrix she described it as a trading platform that had the technology to drive a B2B e-Commerce platform for Agriculture and the African continental Halal market.

She added that the platform could support Nigeria's agenda of becoming a key Agro-Industrial hub with the capacity of feeding the continent.

Reviewing the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic that hit the world in 2020, Sabrain acknowledged the fact that it harmed the Halal food market and the entire global food supply chain.

The OneAgrix Platform founder believed that this was the time to talk about the safety of food products looking at traceability, standardization, and the entire ecosystem by partnering with numerous players from the sciences, data analytics, amongst other expertise needed to enhance trade certification and improve cross border trade activities.

With the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in effect since January 1st, 2021 she tasked the region on leveraging the AfCFTA to accelerate development in the Agro-sector and adopt blockchain technology in boosting food production.

She cited the example of how Veticash a fintech company partnered with OneAgrix in Nigeria to facilitate regional and global cross-border trade. 

Giving her perspective on how an integrated Africa economy could be achieved under the AfCFTA, she stressed the need for digitalizing the Agric sector, which was where technology platforms like OneAgrix could provide technical support.

In achieving a digitalized Agric-sector she said the Federal Government had a major role to play in providing the necessary policy support.

She highlighted the five food pillars to include;

  • Food quality,
  • Food safety,
  • Food defense,
  • Food security and
  • Food authenticity.

She noted that these pillars were crucial in facilitating broader and safer global food value chains.

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