Resources in Nigeria
Nigeria is known to be a major producer of beans, sesame, cashew nuts, cassava, cocoa beans, groundnuts, kolanut, maize (corn), melon, millet, palm kernels, palm oil, plantains, rice, rubber, sorghum, soybeans, bananas and yams.
Nigeria had a famous reputation as an exporter of groundnut and palm kernel oil. But over the years the rate of export of this produce has reduced.
Most crop production especially legumes occur in the northern and middle belt region of the country but consumption is higher in the south. 17% of protein is sourced from legumes, the majority of which results from consumption of cowpeas as Nigeria is the largest consumer of cowpeas in the world (human consumption).
Grains and legumes remains highly imported to sustain requirement of animal feed millers. Quality, price and availability are uneven forcing the value chain to face quality and price challenges over the year.
At RIF, we believe in the importance of building high quality value chain. Supply of good quality seeds, technical support, storage, off-taking are the main area that RIF, thanks to its partner ZOWASEL.