Reinvigorating agriculture is a priority of the Nigerian government
Agriculture contributed 41.84% to Nigeria’s GDP in 2009, and the sector employs around 70% of the workforce. The main agricultural goods produced are yams, cassava, peanuts, millet, sorghum, rice, maize, okra, cocoa, palm oil, rubber, cattle, fish and timber. Nigeria is a net importer of agricultural goods – in 2009, imports in the sector added up to more than USD3 billion, while agricultural exports accounted for about USD1.4 billion. Major agricultural imports are wheat, rice and sugar. Most agricultural imports come from the US and the EU. The country’s main agricultural exports are cocoa beans, rubber, sesame seeds and cocoa butter. Key agricultural export destinations are the UK, the US, Canada, France and Germany.