agro AgroTech Nigeria

New: DLG and fairtrade enter into strategic partnership

Since 2015 agro Nigeria has been organized by fairtrade as part of agrofood Nigeria. Now DLG (German Agricultural Society) enters into strategic partnership with fairtrade for this event in Nigeria and those in Ethiopia, Ghana and Ivory Coast and brings in its agro and trade fair expertise by introducing its AgroTech brand to the agro events of fairtrade’s agrofood trade shows. 

The focus of the cooperation lies on agricultural technology, animal production, flori- and horticulture and hot-house technology. The cooperation was officially announced during Agritechnica in Hanover on 14 November 2017.

Organisers of the world’s No. 1 trade shows Agritechnica and Eurotier, DLG is the global leader in professional trade fairs in the fields of agricultural engineering, crop production, animal production and bioenergy. DLG has been organizing trade fairs and exhibitions for the agricultural and food sector since 1885. It goes without saying that DLG can make a valuable contribution to the further development of agro AgroTech Nigeria.

The now agreed cooperation combines the complementary strengths of fairtrade as a proven Africa trade fair expert and the DLG as an agricultural organization and organizer of international agricultural trade fairs.

In order to attract new visitor target groups, such as the so-called large scale farmers from the target and neighboring markets, a regionally adapted DLG specialist program will be set up or expanded. With the support of industry experts, know-how along the entire value chain of plant production is transferred into Nigeria.

DLG and fairtrade sign cooperation agreement on 14 November 2017 during Agritechnica Partners for Africa (from left to right): Jens Kremer - Business Developer DLG Service, Paul März - Exhibition Director fairtrade, Martin März - Founder & Managing Partner fairtrade, Peter Grothues - Managing Director DLG Service and Bernd Koch - Managing Director DLG International

Bernd Koch, Managing Director of DLG International

West Africa is experiencing strong demand for innovative agricultural technologies for sustainable plant production. Above all, solutions for more efficient irrigation and plant protection are on the agenda of politics and practicing farmers in the field of crop and agriculture. We want to support the region in the advancement and modernization of agriculture, true to the principles of the DLG. fairtrade has recognized the enormous potential of the African market at an early stage and now ranks among the leading organisers of agrofood trade shows on the African continent. We look forward to developing the agro events in close cooperation with fairtrade in order to make them even more attractive to exhibitors and trade visitors.

Martin März, Founder & CEO of fairtrade

For several years politicians and decision-makers have stepped up their efforts to expand and modernize agriculture and food production in sub-Saharan Africa, and the international community is ready to support this development. The decline in oil revenues led to a revival of local production and the „made-in ...“ trend. Double-digit growth of sales figures show that sub-Saharan Africa is investing heavily in agricultural and processing technology for the purpose of increasing yields, reducing immense post-harvest losses and reducing imports. We are keen to further develop the agro events of our agrofood shows in close cooperation with DLG as the world market leader for agricultural fairs.

  • 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

High demand of Nigerian farmers

  • Input supply:
    » Seedlings
    » Fertilizers
  • Production
    » Water and irrigation systems
  • Storage facilities

Top 5 agriculture products 
(production in thousand tonnes):

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

Source: World Bank

Top 5 agriculture exports 
(in US$ million):

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

Top 5 agriculture imports
(in US$ million):

  • 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


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

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

Flori- and horticulture / Hot house technology

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

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 

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



Transforming Nigeria’s Agricultural Value Chain