Nigeria: the Shea giant of the world!
Nigeria currently averages about 330,000 tons of Shea nuts per annum making it the largest producer but still remains the lowest exporter of Shea nuts and Shea butter in West Africa. Nigeria exports only 20,000 – 30,000 tons of Shea nuts annually and virtually no Shea butter exported. There exists a clear opportunity for Nigeria create wealth and employment in the Shea sector, to be driven by value addition and exports of Shea nuts, Shea butter and Shea cake.
Nigeria has the largest concentration of Shea trees in the world with a potential to aggregate about 500,000tons of Shea nuts annually, nearly 40% of which remains uncollected and is wasted. The Shea industry has not yet developed in Nigeria as there is no industrial scale activity geared at processing and exporting Shea butter at this time. There are small scale local business people who trade in Shea nuts within Nigeria and the West-African sub-region; this however, does not translate to significant use of Nigeria's potential.
In Nigeria the Shea trees grow in an extremely wide area of Niger, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi, Kastina, Kaduna, Plateau, Gombe, Bauch, Kano Jigawa, Yobe, Taraba Adamawa, Borno and Oyo states, with large concentration in Niger, Kebbi and Kwara State. It is estimated that about sixty percent of Nigeria’s Shea nuts are produced in Niger state with the highest concentration being around Bida.
SALID is located in the heart of Nigeria’s Shea belt with deliberate positioning contiguous to areas acclaimed as producing the best quality Shea in the world. Given our strategic initiatives to dominate the farm gate we are confident that we shall enjoy competitive advantage in raw materials sourcing.