10th International Trade Show

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Agriculture in Nigeria

Agriculture in Nigeria

  • Total land mass: 92.4 million hectares
  • Arable land: 82.0 million hectares » of which have been cultivated so far: 34 million hectares only
  • Government renewed focus on diversification through import substitution
  • Large and growing population
  • Contribution to GDP: 24.4%
  • Real growth rate: 4.1%
  • Export earnings:
  • US$ 1.4 billion | Food import bill: US$ 5.3 billion
  • More than 400 million US$ of development aid for Nigerian agriculture by World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB) and e.g. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Highly professional private investments in farms in North, Middle-Belt (Abuja, Kaduna, Jos) and Greater Lagos
  • Large investments in poultry farms in North Nigeria by Nigerian and South African players
  • Dangote to invest $1 billion in rice cultivation through out-grower scheme
  • Dangote to invest $3.8 billion into sugar and rice production to increase sugar production to 1.5 million tons a year by 2020 from 100,000 tons currently and to add one million tons of rice

Top 5 agriculture products

(in thousand tonnes)

  • Cocoa (698)
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits (216)
  • Fruits and nuts (156)
  • Milk, cream and milk products (68)
  • Spices (48)

Top 5 agriculture exports

(in thousand tonnes)

  • Cassava (66,258)
  • Yam (44,641)
  • Maize (17,241)
  • Sorghum (16,360)
  • Millet (11,388)

Top 5 agriculture imports

  • Fish (1,461)
  • Wheat (1,070)
  • Sugar, molasses and honey (373)
  • Milk, cream and milk products (295)
  • Fixed vegetables, fat and oil (250)

Put the Nigerian agricultural sector
on a growth path

Nigeria today faces two major challenges in agriculture: an inability to meet domestic food needs and an inability to export at the quality level necessary for market success. The first problem is a productivity challenge caused by a largely inefficient input system and agricultural model. As a result, an ageing population of farmers does not have enough seeds, fertilisers, irrigation, crop protection and related support to be successful. The latter challenge is driven by an equally inefficient system for setting and enforcing food quality standards and a lack of knowledge of the target markets. Insufficient food testing facilities, a weak inspection system and poor coordination between the competent federal authorities lead to problems at an early stage, such as a lack of knowledge of the permissible pollutant contents.

To put the Nigerian agricultural sector on a growth path, measures are needed to fill these two gaps: to produce enough fresh, high quality food for the Nigerian market and to successfully serve the export market and earn foreign exchange. In order to meet the challenges successfully, Nigeria depends on the support of know-how and agricultural and animal husbandry technology from abroad.

Source: Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Nigeria

Range of exhibits

Agricultural technology

  • Drilling and sowing
  • Farm inputs
  • Farmyard supplies and grassland care
  • Fertilizing
  • Forest
  • Fruit, vegetables and other special crops
  • Harvest conditioning, conveying, preservation and storage
  • Harvesting
  • Irrigation and drainage
  • Management, services, organisations 
  • Mobile loading machines
  • Municipal applications/landscape management
  • Plant protection
  • Soil working and seed-bed preparation
  • Solid biofuels
  • Tanks
  • Tractors
  • Transport
  • Used machine trade
  • Horticulture technology


Animal production

  • Animal housing and shed construction
  • Breeding animals, breeding programs, trade, reproduction technology
  • Controlled environment and environment technology
  • Equipment and accessories
  • Feed and other farm inputs
  • Feed storage, feedstuff production
  • Husbandry and feeding techniques
  • Management and consulting services
  • Milking and cooling technology
  • Processing and marketing
  • Technology for dung, solid manure and slurry
  • Transport vehicles, transport services
  • Training, associations, media


Flori- and horticulture / Hot house technology

  • Hot-house construction
  • Hot-house technology
  • Mechanical equipment for horticulture
  • Technical equipment for horticulture
  • Miscellaneous 


  • Crop seeds
  • Flower bulbs and seeds
  • Forage plant seeds
  • Medical and herb seeds
  • Oil seeds
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Miscellaneous

Service firms, organizations, media

  • Advanced training and education
  • Certfication
  • Cleaning and hygiene
  • Corporate and human resources consulting
  • E-commerce
  • Employment agencies
  • Financial service providers
  • Internet services
  • IT services
  • Ministries, government agencies
  • Organizations
  • Recycling
  • Software solutions
  • Special shows, trade forums
  • Specialist literature
  • Trade and technical publishers
  • Trade publications
  • Training, consulting
  • Other services

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