We Are Japan’s Biggest Supplier Of Sesame Seed

Nigeria is currently the biggest supplier of Sesame Seed to Japan, Punch reports. The Deputy Trade Commissioner of Japan External Trade Organisation, Chiharu Yamamura, said this while making a presentation at a seminar and selection exercise for participation of Nigerian food and beverage exporters in the 43rd edition of the International Food and Beverage Exhibition in Japan.

“We eat sesame seeds and sesame oil in our daily life,” he stated.

The JETRO deputy commissioner added that in 2016, Japan imported 54,276 metric tonnes of Sesame seed valued at ¥6.329m (Japanese Yen) from Nigeria.

Recent report from the National Bureau of Statistics, which listed sesame seed among the largest agro exports from Nigeria in the first quarter of 2017, supports his claim.

According to the report, Nigeria made N13.03bn from the crop during the period in question.

The current international price of sesame seed is put at $1,600 or $1,650 per metric tonne.

Jefferson Obuseri

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