Kenneth Obiajulu is an agro-exporter that has called for more investment in the Nigerian ginger production value chain, as the country ranks third in global production of the commodity. Obiajulu, the Chief Executive Officer of AgroCorp International Development Limited, made the assertion at a virtual press launch of the company on Thursday in Lagos.
He noted that it was time to make Nigeria earn her place in the global export market of ginger, as he called for more investment in the sector. “When thinking of ginger, many people automatically think of India and China, the two powerhouses of ginger production and consumption Globally, but what many do not know is that the second-largest Producer of ginger is located right in the heart of Africa.”
“This country is responsible for 16% of global production, but only accounts for 3.5% of global export market share. Nigeria ranks third in the production of ginger in the world, which is about 16.5% production in the world but we can barely account for less than 3%of the export market share. And that gives us the opportunity to begin to question some things such as what are the issues behind most of the challenges in exporting the produce,” the agroprenuer said.
Obiajulu, however, highlighted the potentials of ginger as well as some bottlenecks on its exports and called for strict adherence to international best practices in the production, processing, and packaging of the product in order to gain international relevance.