Sorghum Cultivation And Its Producing States In Nigeria

Nigeria accounts for about 65-70% of the total sorghum production in West Africa. It is produced in Bauchi, Borno, Zamfara Yobe, Gombe, Adamawa, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Kebbi, Taraba, Plateau, Sokoto, Katsina, and Nasarawa.

Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) is a grass plant with tiny grains that grows well in warm climates and is widely cultivated in Australia, Africa, Asia, Mesoamerica and India.

 

Sorghum cash crops in Nigeria

 

It has several species but only one is grown for grain, others are either cultivated or allowed to grow naturally, in pasture lands and used as fodder plants.

The grain is one of the staple foods for poor and rural people because of its drought-and heat-tolerant nature.

It is nutritional as it contains a range of rich mineral nutrients such as iron, magnesium, thiamin, phosphorous, potassium, copper, niacin, riboflavin as well as calcium.

 

It has a lot of health benefits which includes:

• Aids in the control of diabetes due to its help in the regulation of the body’s insulin and glucose level.

• Due to its richness in calcium as well as magnesium, it can help to improve and develop the bone, and also prevents certain bone condition like arthritis.

• It helps to boost the energy levels because of the presence of Niacin.

• It helps improve digestion and related issues like constipation and bloating.

• Its quite rich in antioxidants

 

Its range of applications includes:

• It is used for food and animal fodder.

• Used in the production of alcoholic beverage.

• Used in making ethanol fuels (biofuels).

• Is used to make flat breads.

• It can serve as a snack, in the sense that it pops in a similar way to popcorn.

• It is also used for making a traditional corn broom.

• In some countries, it is cooked with rice.

 

• It is fermented, grinded and processes in drinks such as KUNU, popular in Nigeria.



Related Information:

Beans Producing States In Nigeria And Its Various Types

Beans is one of the most popular and staple foods in Africa, especially in Nigeria and the 4th most consumed after cassava, yam, and rice, more of brown beans than black-eyed beans are abundantly cultivated by the majority of...

Kolanut Production In Nigeria And Its Cultivation Processes

Kolanut in Nigeria, West Africa is an important economic crop in the South-Eastern part of the country as it is used in various traditions, it is being eaten more by the northerners but widely grown in...

Gum Arabic Producing States In Nigeria And Its Uses

Not only is Nigeria the largest producer of Gum Arabic in West Africa, it is also the third largest world producer and exporter after Sudan and Chad.  The major producing areas include; Adamawa, Borno Sokoto, Yobe, Niger,...