Which state produces palm oil most in Nigeria? If you have been wanting to know the top 10 palm oil producing states in Nigeria, here is the list.
According to a recent survey being carried out has shown that Nigeria produces at least 7% of the quantity of palm oil in the world, mind you, there are some states that made this possible in Nigeria but much attention isn’t drawn towards them.
Right from the onset, Nigeria has been on the forefront of palm oil producers especially in Africa, but since crude oil was discovered much attention was placed on the crude oil mainly because of the quick money.
Nevertheless, palm oil is still being produced in many states in Nigeria, almost over half of the states in Nigeria produces palm oil but for the purpose of this article, we have selected the top ten palm oil producing states in Nigeria.
The top 10 palm oil producers listed here are considered the highest producers i.e. in more larger quantities so they are the main palm oil producing states.
Top 10 Largest Palm Oil Producing States in Nigeria 2020
The major palm oil producing states in Nigeria are Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Rivers, Abia, Edo, Ondo, Imo, Delta, Bayelsa, and Anambra states respectively based on the largest producers downwards. For much clarification, we have selected the palm oil producing states with their production output and every other thing that should be known about each of them.
Most of the states here are trying very hard to maintain their rank and those below are striving to advance upward in their output.
Without further ado, here is a comprehensive list of the top 10 palm oil producing states in Nigeria;
1. Akwa Ibom State
Akwa Ibom is a wonderful state filled with good people and also hard-working people, Akwa Ibom is one of the major palm oil producing states in Nigeria. As we know that Akwa Ibom is located in the tropical region at the coastal southern part of Nigeria and cash crops grow well in these regions making Ibomites have a heavy yield of cash crops.
The climatic condition here is also favorable and this really gives support to the production of these crops and the people of Akwa Ibom are actively performing well in the massive production of palm oil.
Generally, Akwa Ibom is blessed with many natural resources like crude oil which the state produces the highest number of barrels in Nigeria, glass sand, limestone and agricultural produce like rice, cassava and many more.
2. Cross River State
Being one of the states in the South-South region of Nigeria, Cross River state has vegetation that is suitable for the production of palm oil. The state has its border shared with Cameroon and its capital city is Calabar.
The people of Cross River are known to be very hardworking and love farming, with the fact that the state is also rich in crude oil the state isn’t left out when it comes to other things that could generate income for the state.
It is recorded that Cross River State produced over 200,000 metric tons of palm oil of recent and also has over 360,000 hectares of land specifically set aside for the cultivation of palm oil involving local farmers for huge production.
3. Rivers State
Rivers State is just another state blessed with many natural resources and surrounded by water, the land and vegetation is very suitable for plantation and this has placed the state on the list of the top 10 palm oil producing states in Nigeria.
Rivers State is the 6th most populous state in Nigeria, the major source of IGR for the state is also through crude oil, and aside crude oil there are other things that fetch the citizens money and indirectly generate income for the country too. Rivers state is also a top producer of palm oil in Nigeria.
Palm oil production in Rivers state is particular to Etche and Ikwerre local government area, though the production is practiced in every corner of the state.
4. Abia State
In the South Eastern region, Abia state is the leading producer of palm oil. Abia state is well known for palm oil production and according to the obtained data from the ministry of agriculture it is noted that Abia state produces over 190,00 metric tonnes of palm oil annually with a lot of palm kernel placing the state on the 4th spot of the highest producers of palm oil.
Abia state also produces cashew, plantain, cocoa, rubber and many more which has eally boosted the IGR of the state.
5. Edo State
Edo State is also one of the largest producers of palm oil in Nigeria. The state is located in the mid-western region of Nigeria. With favorable climatic conditions that enable high yield of farm produce, of recent the government of Edo state set up plans to establish the Edo Oil Palm Initiative in which 51 hectares of land were donated to start the scheme.
This was done mainly before of the increase in the production of palm oil in the state in recent years.
6. Ondo State
Ondo State is located in the South-Western region of Nigeria, the state is blessed with crude oil and many other natural resources. Ondo state is also one of the top 10 palm oil producing states in Nigeria.
Akure is the state capital of Ondo and the commercial center of the state with a good number of people residing in it is known for the production of Cocoa and is the top cocoa producer in Nigeria.
Most of Ondo state revenue is generated through agricultural produce, the state is also among the Niger Delter States which simply means it is an oil producing state (crude oil) though at a little quantity.
Ondo state aside being a palm oil producer is also known to be producing agricultural produce like vegetables of all kinds, fruits, cassava, taro, coffee, maize, rice and yam.
7. Imo State
Imo State is located in the South Eastern region of Nigeria and Owerri as its capital city. Imo State is also one of the largest producers of palm oil in Nigeria, we have to attribute the credits to the state government for making this feat achievable.
The government encouraged farmers with farming tools and a palm oil processing factory to make the process faster and at a huge volume.
8. Delta State
Delta State is rated as one of the biggest oil producers in Nigeria and this can be attributed to the climate and vegetation of the state being a state surrounded by water. The government of Delta state has also been so supportive and the farmers are not getting tired doing what they love.
Recently, the state provided 1.2 million hectares for palm oil production, the project had support from the Central Bank of Nigeria with the aim to increase jobs and wealth for the people of Delta and also to assist the country in revenue generation.
9. Bayelsa State
Bayelsa State also made it on the list of top palm oil producers in Nigeria, Delta has a oil palm mill (WJICY) which is a semi-mechanized palm oil mill to boost the production of palm oil in the state.
The state right from onset is known to be a palm oil producing state and much effort is being put in place to make sure much oil is being produced annually.
10. Anambra State
Anambra state isn’t left out in this as the state is also among the major palm oil producing states in Nigeria. The state produces for commercial consumption.
Anambra state is known to be one of the most developed states in the South Eastern region of the country and also a state that loves agriculture practices.
The state boast of thousands of hectares of lands for the production of cash crops of which palm oil belongs to, all thanks to the favorable climate and vegetation which has been a top boost for production in the state coupled with support from the state government Anambra state made it on the list of top palm oil producing states in Nigeria.
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Palm oil is well consumed in Nigeria mostly for the preparation of our traditional dishes and also the fact that it is medicinal makes it acceptable in all parts of the country. Palm oil isn’t only cherished by Nigerians but Africans and the world at large.
Production of palm oil has been a good thing for Nigeria’s economy as the country relies mostly on crude oil, but thanks to the production of palm oil, this has been another source of income for the country whenever the price of crude falls.
For those willing to start the business, palm oil production is a very lucrative business as there is a high demand for it and production so far has not been able to meet the demand.
Aside from selling palm oil for food, it can be processed to make other useful things like cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoo, detergents, and also serves as a cleaning agent.
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