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ANALYSIS OF GINGER VALUE CHAIN IN KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA

ANALYSIS OF GINGER VALUE CHAIN IN KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA

 

Abstract: Nigeria ranks first in area under ginger cultivation in the world. However, its contribution to world ginger trade is the fifth largest. This study analysed the ginger value chain in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The population of the study comprised ginger-producing households. Kachia, Jaba, Kagarko and Jema’a local government areas were studied. The multistage sampling technique was used for the study while a questionnaire and personal interviews were used for data collection from 369 respondents. The UG1 ginger variety was predominantly grown. The mean farm size was 2.40 hectares and mean output was 29.4 MT/ hectare. The major processing activities were cleaning, slicing, drying, sorting and packing. The value-added activities were washing, cleaning, drying, grading, bulking, transportation, storage, powder and drink production. Ginger powder and drink had higher profit margins. Access to finance and credit was a major weakness among actors. The study recommends research into high yielding varieties; formation/revival/strengthening of marketing associations and linkage to financial institutions for finance and credit.

JEL classification: Q130

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