Nigerian Ginger Now The Best In The World
By Iwedi Ojinmah 5 months ago
Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, confirmed yesterday what many have already known for a while namely, that Nigeria has the best quality ginger in the world.
Ogbeh made this assertion in Abuja at the Africa International Investment Summit and Expo (Africinvest) 2018, which also featured the Commodities International Summit and Exhibition.
According to the Chief, the government is now seriously promoting the export of ginger, He also verified that Nigeria was now the third largest exporter of ginger after China and India.
The Minister said: “The Government is committed to enhancing the increase in the volume of our ginger exports and to ensure that our various exportable food and cash crops are developed to meet global export standards Related: Making A Case For Nigeria's New Wonder Nut - Okpa .’’
. Chief Audu Ogbeh
He went on to explain that this new aggressive marketing was as a direct result of President Muhammadu Buhari's time-bound plan to unlock Nigeria’s agricultural potential through the Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) 2016 to 2020.
According to him, this new strategy called the "Green Alternative" is meant to provide a disciplined approach to building a resilient agribusiness ecosystem.
The Chief maintained that the success of the new policy hinged on the engagement of marketplace participants, farmers, states, investors, financial institutions and communities as well as research laboratories. This can be supported by the fact that in the first quarter of 2017, agricultural export increased by 82 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016 levels.
He said that export earnings from agriculture goods stood at N30 billion made up of :
* Sesame seeds export of N3.7 billion to Turkey, N1.6billion to China and N1.6 billion to India.
* Soya beans export of N3.4 billion to Russia and N1.2 billion to Greece.
* Frozen shrimp export of N2.2 billion to the Netherlands.
* Cashew nuts export of N1.8 billion to Vietnam
* Crude palm kernel oil export of N1.2 billion to the Netherlands.