Nigeria: growing ginger market
Thhe popularity of ginger is rising in Nigeria, not only for fresh, but also dried and powdered product.
On the international market, a tonne of ginger generates between 6,000 and 7,000 dollars.
In Nigeria, that price stands at $ 3,500. According to http://www.freshplaza.com
Ginger has gained a permanent place in many kitchens, thus boosting the demand.
For the Nigerian exporters, transport is a challenge. Moreover, the country’s production is not very well known.
The above abstract was taken from freshplaza, a website that daily upload prices of fresh commodities for different countries.
Its been known that there are lot of opportunities in the ginger value chain.
From planting to processing, exporting, logistics, extracting and whole lot of activities.
Growing ginger entails a lot of hard work as ginger take 8-9months to be ready for harvest, some people even leave the plant for sixteen months.
With the best agronomy practice ginger will yield from 16tons to 20tons per hectare.
The general belief is that ginger only grows in the Nothetn part of the country. But my greatest surprise is when I got to Ago Amodu and discovered some farms have gingers growing there.
The most surprising thing is that the Gingers are not planted by the current farm owners but by their fathers.
Its still also surprising that the farmers don’t even know the value of what they have hence they are not propagating the ginger.
To prove some point, my team took some of the ginger to propagates and as we speak they are coming up gradually.
The plan is to further propagate and then introduce it back to the farmers as alternative source of income while ourcing for international buyers.
Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.
The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form as juice
Ginger planting from the root requires getting some few fresh rhizomes
Look for pieces with well developed “eyes” or growth bud. (The buds look like little horns at the end of a piece or “finger”)
The ginger plant will be much happier if the roots are in the ground and can breathe right from the start, rather than having to deal with the transplanting shock and the change in conditions.
If the ground is moist and warm they will root very easily.