During pre-colonial and colonial era, palm oil is considered one of Nigerian’s major source of foreign exchange till the discovery of crude.
Palm oil, botanically known as Elaeis Guineensis is a widely used ingredient in preparing a lot of African foods.
Nigeria is the largest producer of palm oil in Africa and fifth largest in the world. The west African country accounts for 7% of global output of palm oil production.
In Nigeria, palm trees which produces palm fruits from which palm oil is extracted is grown commercial in Southern Nigeria.
Palm oil is one of the highest selling edible commodities in Nigerian market. The average price of 25 litres of palm oil in Nigeria is around N7000.
Most Nigerian rural dwellers are highly engaged in processing and marketing of palm oil in Nigeria and across west Africa.
South-south states like Akwa Ibom, Edo and Cross Rivers states are some of the largest producers of palm oil in Nigeria.
These top palm oil producing states have hectares of arable land dedicated for palm trees plantation.
Also, south-east states such as Imo, Abia and Enugu also measure up as some of the biggest producers of palm oil in Nigeria.
In this article, Nigerian Informer will be dissecting the largest palm oil producers in Nigeria. These are states where palm oil is produced in commercial quantity in Nigeria.
Largest Palm Oil Producing States In Nigeria Currently
Akwa Ibom State
Akwa Ibom State is the largest palm oil producing state in Nigeria. The south-south state has the biggest palm tree plantation in Nigeria.
Ini local government area of Akwa Ibom houses the biggest Palm oil producing area in the state.
Most Palm oil used in Northern Nigeria are gotten from Akwa Ibom state. Tabbris Oil Mills Limited, a palm oil producing company in Akwa Ibom produces 60 tons of palm oil daily.
Edo State has one of the largest palm tree plantations in Nigeria. Over 118,264 hectares of land are used for palm tree plantation in Edo state and this number represents high volume of palm oil production in Nigeria.
The government of Edo state in a bid to support the growth of palm trees and production of palm oil in Edo state has allocated over 180,000 hectares of land for palm tree growth and plantation.
The best palm oil in Nigeria are grown and processed in Edo State, Nigeria. Palm oil production in Edo State represents 25% of total Nigeria palm oil production.
Palm oil production in Imo state has helped shore up the overall Nigeria palm oil production capacity.
The south-east state boost of having one of the biggest palm tree plantations in Nigeria. Imo state is one of the biggest palm oils producing states in Nigeria with over 150 tons produced daily.
Adapalm is a renowned palm oil refinery in Imo state located at Ohaji/Egbema local government area of Imo state.
Cross River State
With over 360,000 hectares of land under cultivation of palm trees, Cross River makes the cut of one of the largest palm oil producers in Nigeria.
Over 200,000 metric tons of palm oil is produced annually in Cross River state. The government of Cross Rivers is making effort to cultivate over 1,000,000 palm estate and produce 5,000,000 tons of palm oil annually.
Palm oil production in Ondo state is one of the biggest in Nigeria with Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo state recognized as the major palm oil producing location in the state.
Okitipupa Oil Palm Plc is a renowned oil palm processing firm in Ondo state that manages oil palm estates located in southern Ondo.
Palm oil business in Ondo state is very lucrative as most palm oil dealers in the state move their products to commercial city of Lagos.
Other Top Palm Oil Producing States In Nigeria
- Delta State
- Enugu State
- Bayelsa State
- Abia state
- Rivers State