AFPGEAN bemoans post-harvest losses

Nigeria: Vegetable exports still vastly unexploited

According to the International Trade Centre (ITC), Nigeria’s export of edible vegetables is still vastly unexploited. The ITC has stated that edible vegetables, tuber, and roots exports from Nigeria constituted only three percent of the world’s imports.

India is still the largest importer of Nigeria’s edible vegetables, importing 47.91 percent of edible vegetables, tuber, and roots. United States’ imports were 13.17 percent last year, while the United Kingdom's share of vegetable imports from Nigeria stood at 4.97 percent. United Arab Emirates (UAE) imported 5.91 percent of Nigeria’s vegetables. Exports to the Netherlands stood at 0.09 percent; Sri Lanka,1.31 percent, and Turkey 1.97 percent.

According to the Agricultural Fresh Produce Growers and Exporters Association of Nigeria (AFPGEAN), Nigeria loses between 55 percent and 72 percent of its cultivated fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) before it can be consumed, much less exported.


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