Nigeria has positioned itself as one of the top ginger producers globally, boasting an impressive annual yield of 768,305 metric tonnes in 2021. However, despite its significant contribution to the ginger market, Nigeria's earnings from ginger exports remain surprisingly low.
In the same year, Nigeria's ginger exports generated $11.3 million, a stark contrast to the potential revenues the country could harness from its second-highest producer status. This glaring disparity between production and export earnings beckons closer examination.
Ginger, renowned for its health benefits and distinctive flavour, is an indispensable ingredient used globally in various forms, such as raw ginger, dry ginger, ginger powder, and ginger oil.
Nigeria's ginger industry has yet to tap into its full potential despite its versatility. By delving into processes like steam distillation to produce ginger oil, Nigeria can elevate its export earnings while also becoming an international market for value-added ginger products