Republic of Nigeria

Population: 202,579,943 (est. 2019)
GDP: 397.3 Billion USD (2018)
Total Area: 923,768 sq km
Agriculture Land: 77.73% (2016)
Forest: 7.2% (2016)

As a key regional player in West Africa, Nigeria accounts for about half of West Africa’s population with approximately 202 million people and has one of the largest populations of youth in the world. Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and culturally diverse federation which consists of 36 autonomous states and the Federal Capital Territory. With an abundance of natural resources, it is Africa’s biggest oil exporter, and has the largest natural gas reserves on the continent. Between 2000 and 2014, Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an average rate of 7% per year. Following the oil price collapse in 2014-2016, combined with negative production shocks, the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate dropped to 2.7% in 2015. In 2016 during its first recession in 25 years, the economy contracted by...

Natural Rubber

Natural rubber is a vital agricultural commodity in Nigeria. The Federal Department of Agriculture first planted its rubber plot in 1906, and in between 1909 and 1917 about 2,160 ha of rubber trees were planted in Nigeria. From 1960s to the early 1970s rubber used to be the fourth most valuable Nigerian agricultural export commodity after cocoa, groundnuts and palm kernels. It has suffered a significant decline from its pre-eminent position in the seventies due to the emergence of the petroleum industry as a major contributor of the national economy.Natural rubber production in Nigeria is about 53,000 tonnes in 2017. Rubber is grown in Edo, Delta, Ondo, Ogun, Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rive, Rivers, Ebonyi and Bayelsa states. Tyre production facilities were closed-down and local consumption of natural rubber is confined to footwear sector now.

Synthetic Rubber

Currently there is no production of synthetic rubber in Nigeria.

Government & Other Agencies

Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment
Old Secretariat, Area 1 Garki, FCT, Nigeria
Tel:  +234 9062485444
Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria (RRIN)
Iyanomo, PMB 1049, Benin City
Bendel State
Tel: +234 52 244 625
Press Releases
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Association plans massive rubber plantation, urges FG's intervention
Calabar, Aug. 8, 2020 The National Rubber Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (NARPPMAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to enlist rubber as one of the cash crops to be developed in Nigeria. Mr Peter Igbinosun, President of the association made this known in an interview with Newsmen on Saturday in Calabar, Cross River. Igbinosun said that government intervention in robber production was paramount, considering its enormous by-products...
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Chinese imports from Nigeria increased by more than 70%
Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pinjiang, has said that Chinese imports from Nigeria last year increased by more than 70%. The Envoy made this known during events to mark the Chinese New Year also known as Spring Festival, held on Saturday in Abuja. “China-Nigeria relations have been very productive and we face new opportunities to grow relations. There is the Forum of China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) framework. “China and Nigeria...
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Nigeria’s economy will no longer depend on commodities
The Federal Government, yesterday, disclosed that it has began moving the economy away from dependence on commodities, stating that over the years, the country’s dependence on agricultural commodities and petroleum had not made much impact on the economy. Speaking in Abuja, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, stated that the government was transiting the economy from dependence on commodities to a knowledge-driven economy. Onu stated this in Abuja,...