Harnessing the Potential of Nigeria’s N86 billion Sesame Seed Market

The production level of sesame seed has steadily grown over the last decade and projections indicate that its production will see further growth over the coming years. Sesame is produced in about 65 countries of the world. The production of sesame seeds in the world is dominated by a few countries that lie in the African and Asian continents such as China, India, Ethiopia and Sudan. About 70 percent of the world’s production is from Asia, and Africa grows about 25 percent of the world’s production, with Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda being key producers. In 2010, the global sesame production was about 3.84 million metric tonnes, with Burma, India and China accounting for 50% of the world production.

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