Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dried Split Ginger Product Profiles

Description: Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) is a commodity that is highly valued in international markets for its aroma, pungency and high oil and Aleo resin content. Nigeria is the third largest exporter of ginger in the world after China and India. Most of the dried ginger that are available for international trade are simply sun dried over a few days, but artificial drying is also used in areas lacking a defined dry season to coincide with the harvest. The rhizome is dried to between 10 and 12 per cent moisture content. Dried ginger is usually presented in a split or sliced form. Splitting is said to be preferred to slicing, as slicing loses more flavour, but the sliced are easier to grind and this is the predominant form of dried ginger currently in the market.

Harvest: harvesting of ginger starts from October and normally continues until April/May. This largely depends on the market situation as ginger can be left on the ground (not harvested) for two years.

Locations: Ginger is produced in six states of the Federation namely, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Benue, Niger and Gombe with Kaduna as the major producer. Nigeria's production in 2005 was estimated at 110,000 metric tonnes (FAO). Out of this, 10% is locally consumed as fresh ginger while 90% is dried primarily for the export markets.

Moisture content:                 6-9% max
Oil content:                            1-2%
Impurities:                             0-2%max

Uses: The list of ginger uses is almost endless, being a pungent spicy herb and one of the more popular food spices. They range from baked products like gingerbread, ginger biscuits, ginger cookies to drinks like ginger tea, ginger beer, ginger ale, etc. Ginger contains about two per cent essential oil. The oil is extracted and distilled from rhizomes for various uses in confectionery, perfumery, beverages and pharmaceuticals. Dried ginger is used predominantly for flavouring coffee especially in the Middle East. It contains medicinal qualities and it is also used to calm nausea and aids digestion. Dried ginger is used in many different cooking methods. It is an important spice in Asia, the Caribbean and African cooking.

Export market: The export markets for ginger include the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, France, United States of America, Russia, Saudi Arabia among others.

Export Price: The export free on board price of ginger ranges from USD 2500 -2600/MT depending on the type and form in which the ginger is packaged and also the negotiation made with the buyers.

Local price: The local price of of dry split ginger deliver to Lagos from kafanchan in Kaduna state varies from N270,000 and N300,000.


  1. Hello, I am Akomolafe Felix from Ondo State. I currently reside in the Uk. I am intrested in the Ginger exportation Business. How do I go about it.

  2. The best option for you is to by off Nigerians and sell in the UK.
    I ve a number of clients that will be willing to supply you
    while you pay them off and I can help you monitor the quality.
    I am doing same thing with a
    Number of Nigerians abroad and I ve a standard proposal
    On the options available to you over there.
    Let me ve your email address so I can send it
    To you and we can take it up from there.

  3. I am an ex-staff of Diamond Bank currently self-employed. I reside in Abuja, Nigeria. I am interested in this Ginger exportation. Please send information on how to start.

  4. Goodday,my name is foluso ijete.i reside in lagos,and am into exportation business as well.i would like to have a proposal on ginger export,have been dealing on charcoal export.i want to go on ginger exportation business.how do i go about it.please let me know.

  5. Dear Sir,
    Do you have any information on Sunflower oil and sesame seeds, because I have buyers. So kindly send me details and either FCO or SPA.


  6. For now, I donot have information on Sunflower but that of sesame can be obtained from this blog. check http://exportnigeria.blogspot.com/2009/12/description-sesame-seeds-or-sesamum-or.html

  7. I am into general exporting, i need information about exporting coconut oil and were to get the manufacturer/producer in nigeria.

    Nanya Justine Ventures Ltd

  8. Thanks for your post is not really a common commodity for export, I will advise you consider other products.

  9. Hello Mr. Dele,

    I am interested in the export market of both Ginger and sesame seed. How do I go about putting this into operation. I reside in Nasarawa state.

    I´ll very much appreciate your advice.



  10. Thanks for your question Mr Kayode. Our job is to assist you with all the information you need from the beginning to the end of your export operation. Kindly contact us via info@3timpex.com to enable us discuss further on this.

  11. i am a resident of kaduna state and also a farmer of ginger,i have access to other farmers who also have a large quantity of ginger on ground and are willing to sell.i want to be a broker of ginger since i don't have the capital to go into exporting,but i don't have any foreign contacts.Please can you assist me in this area?

  12. We can assist you with our contract sourcing service.

  13. Hi, am Abu hanifah, currently staying in an area where ginger is mass produced. I Would be very grateful if i will have info on those willing to buy it abroad and how to export it to them.

  14. Thanks for your post. My response has been sent to your mail box.

  15. hi i am sending a proposal for a grant for ginger export,i have followed you for a while,pls i wud need all the info u can give and if its ok i can put u up as my consultant.lookin forward to hearing from you.reach me on ugohdocs@gmail.com