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Exporters Lament Drop in Produce Prices



  • Exporters Lament Drop in Produce Prices

Falling agro exports prices, despite the rise in cocoa prices, is giving stakeholders concerns. Cocoa price has continued its bullish trend, hitting more than $2,000 per tonne.

On March 8, cocoa price was $2504 at the New York futures, while the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) price was $2489.36.

Notwithstanding, the Federation of Agricultural Commodity Association (FACAN) President, Dr. Victor Iyama, said farmers were confronting falling prices of key agricultural commodities, such as ginger, because of fresh supplies from other countries.

He said ginger price had fallen to $980 per tonne, stating that the price plunged because exports to Asia had slowed due to surplus production there. Increased output from other regions, specifically China, has also resulted to a glut of the product in the market.

Between last year and this year, demand for ginger also endured significant ups and downs.

He said despite increased local production, farmers might get less than they bargained for.

A member of the Nigerian-Vietnam Business Association, Mr Sunny Anjorin, said the price of dried ones coming from Nigeria had plummeted.

Before now, prices in China reached $3,000. It was estimated that total production in China would be about 15,000 tonnes, but now export traders re-estimated production to the tune of 20,000 -25,000 tonnes. He explained that China was investing in massive ginger production.

According to him, China is a real threat to Nigeria as they offer the produce at the lowest price level in the global market. He complained that stored ginger was rotting due to lack of market. He explained that global producers of ginger were harvesting.

For example, the domestic price of ginger in Kaduna has dropped from N280,000 per tonne to N240,000.

India is the world’s largest producer of ginger, with an estimated 799,860 tonnes from 1,53,450 hectares (ha) in 2015 and 16, according to statistics.

However, in terms of area, Nigeria and China are at the top. India and China contribute almost 50 per cent of world ginger production.

Experts said the Nigeria and China gimger’s low rates in the international market were impacting the Indian ginger exports.

With the unstable price of cashew nut in the global market, he advised Nigerians to produce more highly-processed products.

He said the price of cashew nut exports may not remain stable. He urged the sector to focus on improving the product quality, processing technique and domestic market development.

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Oil Prices Slide as U.S. Crude Stockpiles Surge, Heightening Demand Concerns



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Oil prices declined on Thursday as concerns over demand intensified due to a larger-than-anticipated build in U.S. crude stockpiles.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, dropped by 0.5% to $83.25 a barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell by 0.3% to $78.28 a barrel.

The Energy Information Administration’s report revealed a substantial increase in U.S. crude oil stockpiles by 4.2 million barrels to 447.2 million barrels for the week ending February 23rd.

This surge surpassed analysts’ expectations and marked the fifth consecutive week of rising inventories.

While gasoline and distillate inventories witnessed a decline, concerns regarding a sluggish economy and reduced oil demand in the U.S. were amplified.

Satoru Yoshida, a commodity analyst with Rakuten Securities, highlighted that the significant stockpiles have heightened investor worries.

Moreover, the anticipation of delayed U.S. interest rate cuts further weighed on market sentiment, potentially undermining oil demand.

Traders have adjusted their expectations for rate cuts, with an easing cycle predicted to commence in June rather than March as previously anticipated.

Market participants await the U.S. personal consumption expenditures price index for insights into inflation trends, while the possibility of an extension of voluntary oil output cuts from OPEC+ looms over price dynamics, amid lingering uncertainty in the demand outlook and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

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Crude Oil Shortage Threatens Dangote, Government Refineries, Minister Raises Alarm



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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Heineken Lokpobiri, has sounded a clarion call over a looming crude oil shortage that threatens the operations of the newly inaugurated Dangote Petrochemical Refinery and government-owned refineries in Nigeria.

Addressing stakeholders at the seventh edition of the Nigeria International Energy Summit in Abuja, Minister Lokpobiri expressed concerns that unless deliberate efforts are made to increase investments and crude oil production, these refineries may struggle to obtain enough feedstock for petroleum product manufacturing.

The Dangote refinery, a colossal project spearheaded by Dangote Industries Limited, has a daily requirement of up to 650,000 barrels of crude oil, while government-owned refineries could need approximately 400,000 barrels.

However, the current pace of crude oil production and investment in Nigeria falls short of meeting these demands.

Minister Lokpobiri highlighted the need to ramp up production and attract investments in the upstream sector to ensure adequate feedstock supply for the refineries.

He emphasized the importance of efficiently utilizing Nigeria’s abundant oil and gas reserves to enhance domestic energy security and economic prosperity.

Furthermore, the minister underscored the significance of investing in energy infrastructure and transitioning towards more environmentally friendly practices to address Nigeria’s energy needs effectively.

The alarm raised by Minister Lokpobiri underscores the urgency for strategic interventions and collaborative efforts to mitigate the impending crude oil shortage and secure the future of Nigeria’s refining industry amidst evolving global energy dynamics.

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NNPCL Pledges End to Nigeria’s Energy Scarcity Within a Decade



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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has announced a bold initiative aimed at ending Nigeria’s persistent energy scarcity within the next decade.

Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPCL, revealed this ambitious plan during the opening ceremony of the seventh Nigerian International Energy Summit in Abuja.

Kyari’s announcement comes as a beacon of hope for millions of Nigerians grappling with chronic power shortages and energy deficiencies.

In his statement, Kyari expressed confidence that all issues related to energy scarcity in the country would be resolved within the next 10 years.

Assuring stakeholders of NNPCL’s unwavering commitment, Kyari emphasized the company’s dedication to collaborating with partners to bridge the energy deficit gap and foster prosperity for all Nigerians.

He highlighted NNPCL’s pivotal role as a key partner to oil-producing companies in Nigeria, facilitating the divestment of international oil companies from onshore and shallow water assets in the country.

Furthermore, Kyari underscored NNPCL’s statutory mandate as the enabler of national energy security, emphasizing the importance of sustainable production from divested assets to ensure energy security for Nigerians.

In addition to addressing domestic energy challenges, NNPCL is also exploring avenues for sustainable energy investment across Africa.

Kyari revealed the company’s intention to invest in the proposed African Energy Bank, aiming to secure funding for energy projects on the continent and guarantee regional energy security.

The event, attended by prominent stakeholders including government officials and representatives from international organizations, marks a significant step towards reshaping Nigeria’s energy landscape and fostering economic development through improved energy access.

As NNPCL charts its course towards energy abundance, Nigerians remain cautiously optimistic about the prospects of a brighter energy future.

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