Ginger – Profile

June 28, 2018


Product Name:  Ginger

Botanical Name: Zingiber Officinale

HS Code:  091010


Brief Product Description:

Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a medicine. It is an herbaceousperennial which grows annual stems about a meter tall bearing narrow green leaves and yellow flowers. The rhizome (ginger) is gathered when the stalk withers; it is immediately scalded, or washed and scraped, to kill it and prevent sprouting.


Major Producing Areas:

Kaduna state is the major producer of the product. Other producing States include;

  • Nasarawa
  • Benue
  • Niger
  • Gombe States


Estimated Production Figure:

369,019 MT (FAO; 2018)



Moisture content:      8% max
Oil content:               2-4%
Impurities:                0-2%max
Microbes:                 Negative



The  fresh ginger are packaged in PVC cartons or corrugated fibre box  with inner lining of PE films while the dried split ginger are packaged in a clean propylene woven bags.



1. Raw Ginger is used as spice.
2. It has medicinal value against cold.
3. It is used in the preparation of medicines and confectionery.


Importing Countries:

  • India
  • China
  • Bangladesh
  • Germany
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Netherlands.
  • United Arab Emirates


Export Potential of Ginger

The Netherlands and United Kingdom have the highest untapped potential  for Nigerian ginger according to the ITC’s  Export Potential Map. Current top export destinations Germany and United Arab Emirates do also show  potential for more growth. And then there are also interesting opportunities for some new markets for Nigeria! Want to know which ones?

Find all details regarding promising markets for ginger from Nigeria in our one-page report and the video! These are created making use of the Export Potential Map (ITC).