Find below why Nigerian ginger is preferred in the international market.
Reasons to buy
- We can guarantee consistency of supply with more than 522,000 metric tonnes annual production. Nigeria is the leading producer of ginger in Africa and the fourth largest producer in the world.
- Ginger from Nigeria is extremely tasteful. Our products are renowned for its pungency and high levels of oleoresin oil, which provide added flavours to food.
- Our ginger exports guarantee both competitive prices and adherence to food safety standards. The sector is, with a market driven economy model, highly liberalized. It is backed by a constantly evolving national quality infrastructure (NQI).
- Nigerian suppliers are able to produce and export several forms and variaties of ginger. These include fresh, dried-split and crushed, giving options to diverse categories of importers.
Producing almost 523,000 metric tonnes annually, Nigeria is among the world largest producers of ginger (FAO, 2016). Our country has 14% share in total global production and is projected to keep growing at 6% per annum. Around 90% of our production is exported. Our ginger especially stands out because of its pungency and high level of oleoresin oil, the active ingredient most people look for in ginger.
The season for ginger runs from May to October. Supply goes on for upward of nine months, guaranteeing sustainable exports. All exporting companies in Nigeria comply with the important food safety standards (SPS). Adherence to best practices and food safety measures at all steps in the value chain is ensured, from farmer to exporter.
Companies and structure
There is some commercial large scale farming, but most of Nigerian ginger production is conducted by smallholder farmers. They constitute for around 90% of the sector. The ginger is produced in the Northern part of our country. It is a gender friendly sector. Value chain actors (like producers, processors, service providers and exporters) engage women in various activities across the ecosystem. This supports in elevating their economic status.
Exports of Nigerian ginger grew with 5.6% per year from 2014, reaching over 42.5 million USD in exported value in 2017. Main export destinations are diverse and include African, Middle-Eastern and European markets.
Role of NEPC
The Council aims to support trade of ginger from Nigeria. Key activities include:
- Exporters’ directory
The NEPC provides a platform for prospective buyers to source for information on reliable exporters of cashew.
- Exporter certificate verification portal
Being able to authenticate the export credentials of a company is a very important step in establishing confidence. The NEPC provides an electronic method of verifying the exporters’ certificate.
- International Trade Shows
Periodically the Council presents opportunities for face to face contact between Nigerian sellers and international buyers of made in Nigeria products through participation in International Trade Fairs, Solo Exhibitions, Trade missions amongst others . This allows export deals to be concluded in a conducive environment
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NGAN is an agricultural commodity association that develops and promotes standards for ginger production throughout the states of Nigeria. They function at various levels to continually ensure all Nigerian ginger meets international market standards.