- Sunday, 26 January 2014
According to the World Bank, the Arable land (% of land area) in Nigeria was 37.33 in 2009. This includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. It excludes land abandoned as a result of shifting cultivation.
Thus, it may be seen that Nigeria has 5 times more arable land than Kenya. The country is also nearer to Europe, the main export market for horticultual produce by 20 per cent. Nigeria, as it may be seen, retains clear advantages into ready for profitable exploitation by an investor. “If Kenya made a billion dollars in 2010 exporting fresh produce as against only $10m for Nigeria in the same period, then there is more than enough incentives to explore options.