Post by Ismail AbdulAzeez on Jun 13, 2019 23:04:30 GMT 1
Stakeholders in the agro-business have been urged to export peas to the European market to boost the country’s
economy. The demand for fresh peas in Europe is steadily increasing which exporters should take advantage of to earn the country the much-needed economic breakthrough.
Increasing consumer awareness in nutrition value for healthcare has also created impressive demand for organic vegetables, a trend on the increase globally.
Therefore, Europe imports peas for consumption as a vegetable and for its growing food processing industry.
Pea is one of the nutritional crop known which is rich in protein content and can be grown easily.
A great deal of this produce is local and destined for the processing (canning and freezing) industry.
European Market for Peas
Nearly all pea imports from non-European countries is from developing countries. The increased attention to health and the environment is generating increased interest in organically produced fruits and vegetables. The demand for organic peas is growing, as is the case for many other types of fresh vegetables.
European imports of peas have increased which is roughly 10% of the total import of leguminous vegetables. Sugar snaps and snow peas are the most commonly imported leguminous vegetables.
Sugar snaps and snow peas are considered special vegetables in relation to the common beans and peas produced in and near Europe. As an exporter, you can profit from these higher-valued products when considering sustainable production measures and strive for excellent product quality.
Major Importers of Peas in Europe
Although Belgium is the largest importer of beans and peas, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are considered to be an important entrance into the European market.
Belgium imports a large amount of beans and peas from developing countries.
Buyers Requirements for Peas Import
In Europe, food safety is a top priority. You should expect most buyers to request extra guarantees from you in the form of food safety and certification.
In general, peas pods or seeds must be:
Clean i.e practically free of any visible foreign matter (including parts of the flowers).
Free of hard filaments or films.
Free of pests.
Free of damage caused by pests.
Free of abnormal external moisture.
Free of any foreign smell and/or taste:
seeds must be normally developed in shelling peas.
The most commonly requested certification is GlobalG.A.P. GlobalG.A.P is a pre-farm-gate standard that covers the whole agricultural production process, from before the plant is in the ground to the non-processed product. In addition, packaging and labelling should be appropriate and detailed for proper product presentation.
How Profitable is the business?
European buyers import products throughout the year which is a productive and rewarding advantage for investors. Peas are easily sourced in large quantities from farms and traded at high cost, especially to industries in Europe.
The capital required to start the export business is minimal from N100,000 to larger amounts. Depending on your financial capacity so you don't have to keep wondering and imagining where and how the wealthy businessmen make money.
Think entrepreneurship, think export.