Resources in Benue State



Benue State is predominantly agricultural, producing a large proportion of Nigeria's food products and agricultural crops all year round. The state's climate, water resources and fertile soils Bcombine to make the area ideal for cultivation of horticulture, vegetables, fruits; tomatoes, onions, cabbage, cotton seed, cashew and crops.Crops produced include yams, rice, beans, cassava, potatoes, maize, sorghum, millet, benniseed, groundnuts and cocoyam. Benue State is the source of more than 70% of Nigeria's soya beans. The landscape also lends itself to livestock rearing, with large quantities of goats, cattle, pigs and poultry providing food and other products for the use of the
population of the state and the country. Currently Benue State is poised to move agricultural practices from the traditional methods still in use across much of the state to modern, high yield, mechanized processes for the benefit of large scale farming, the agricultural resources in Benue State has the highest proven reserves in Nigeria, West and Central Africa. Benue State is predominately a rural settlement pattern enriched and diverse in agricultural produce (horticulture, vegetables, crops, fruits and a great deal of livestock activities both in irrigated and raining areas).


1. YAM
About 96% of the worlds yam production is from Africa. As at 2012 Nigeria ranked
the highest producer of yam in the world with 32,318,900 tonnes accounting for
almost 75% of the total global production. Benue state is at the top of the production ladder with the largest share of production.
2. RICErice
In 2015,as part of efforts to boost local production and marketing of rice and cassava, Benue State Government released the sum of N87 million as counterpart fund to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) funded Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP). This effort has been beneficial to 7,500 farmer households in four local government areas of Benue state, including Guma, Gwer, Okpokwu and Logo both in skills set among other capacity building.
3. CASSAVAcassava
Nigeria is the largest producer of Cassava in the world .The crop is processed into flour, local cereal (garri), industrial starch, medicines, poultry and livestock feeds. Benue has highly fortified species of cassava not found anywhere else in the world. Nigeria produces over 35million metric tonnes of cassava per annum with Benue state contributing 10% of this amount.
4. TOMATOEStomatoes
Benue State is a major producer of tomatoes, peppers and vegetables in Nigeria.However, storage, processing and preservation of vegetables are some of the challenges we are working at solving in order to reap the untapped $250 million
processed vegetable market.


Benue state is a major producer of benniseed in Nigeria.brnniseed
6. SOYA BEANsoyabean
Soya bean is harvested on a large scale in Benue State. Benue state has a projection of producing 3 million metric tonnes per annum once optimum level of investment is employed.
Locust Bean is harvested on a large scale in Benue State.locustbean
8. LIVESTOCKlivestock
There's a vast variety of livestock in Benue state. Some of the livestock currently are
cow,goat,ram and chicken.
9. CITRUS PLANTScitrus plant
Benue state is the largest producer of citrus fruit in Nigeria. The state offers a great opportunity for investors to set up fruit and vegetable processing factories in the state. Currently producing 1 million metric tonnes of citrus fruit per year. We are the major farmers of mango, tomato and peppers. With a growing middle class and ultimately fruit juice market size of over 3 million consumers per year, the incentive to invest in fruit cultivation and processing is right.


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