Top 10 Agricultural Products in Nigeria & Their Uses.
Nigeria is one of the most agriculturally diverse countries in Africa with over 200 different varieties of crops.
This blog will look at the top 10 agricultural products in Nigeria, their uses and how they can help to improve food production.
Top 10 Agricultural Products in Nigeria
1. Oil Palm
3. Palm kernel
6. Fish as a cash crop
Uses of the top 10 agricultural products in Nigeria
Nigerian farmers have used the following 10 agricultural products in Nigeria to create a diverse, resilient food production system.
Cassava is a starchy root crop that is often processed into tapioca or like glutinous rice. It can also be turned into flour for bread or noodles and it’s eaten raw as a vegetable dish.
– Palm Kernel:
Palm kernel can be mixed with other oils to make margarine and shortening and it’s also used in oil-based soaps.
Sorghum can be used as animal feed and human food and it’s the primary grain grown in Nigeria. It’s often ground into flour for porridge, flatbreads, and cakes. Sorghum is also fermented to make beer because it has a high sugar content.
– Sweet Potato:
Sweet potatoes are eaten boiled, fried, mashed, or baked and they contain vitamin A which helps boost immunity, prevent blindness, and control diabetes. They’re also rich in potassium which reduces blood pressure levels and helps cells function properly. Nigerian farmers grow many varieties of sweet potatoes including purple sweet potatoes that are high antioxidant foods because they contain anthocyanins that protect against cancer and heart disease.
– Cowpea: – The cowpea plant thrives in hot climates with light rains where crops suffer from drought stress such as Niger Delta region of
Nigeria is an agricultural country. The agricultural sector is a major contributor to the Nigerian economy. Agricultural products contribute about 40% to the country’s export earnings, and the sector provides employment for an estimated 50% of the country’s workforce.
There is a wide range of agricultural products in Nigeria, including wheat, rice, maize, cassava, mangoes, pineapples, bananas, oranges and pineapples.