The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has said the country will commence yam exports to Europe and america on June 29.

He said 72 tonnes of yam would be exported on the said date.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the minister (Media), Dr. Olukayode Oyeleye, in Abuja on Thursday, said Ogbeh disclosed this at a meeting with members of the Committee on Nigeria Yam Export Programme.

The minister said the inauguration of the yam export would be done at the Apapa Port and would be exported in three containers of 24 tonnes each.

According to him, one container will be exported to the United Kingdom, while the other two will be taken to the United States.

The minister appealed to the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service to reduce inspection charges on export produce to encourage more exporters and enable the country become competitive in the export market.