Niger, the desert filled with Onions

Niger, the desert filled with Onions

The whole world thinks that Niger is entirely desert.

But Niger is one of the largest onion producers in the world, Niger produces considerably potatoes, sorghum, corn, wheat, it is also the largest producer of millet globally.


Niger is the key exporter of dry onions in the West Africa, responsible for almost two-thirds of total exports in 2021, according to market intelligence platform, Indexbox.


It’s the Africa’s 5th Major onions producer at 1million tons annually.

Niger, the desert filled with Onions
Niger, the desert filled with Onions

Niger Republic is the largest producer of pearl millet in Africa with an average production (2017-2021) of 3.3 million tons on 6.75 million ha of land accounting for 73% of cereal production (FAOSTAT 2023).


According to a research by African Report Files, Niger is the Africa’s second cowpea producers after Nigeria with a production of 3.63 million metric tons (MT) across an extensive area harvested of 4.7 million hectares. Niger followed closely with 2.66 million MT produced, with a larger area harvested of 5.97 million hectares…
Cowpea is the second largest crop in Niger after millet.


Niger is one the world’s leading producers of Uranium.Niger has two significant uranium mines providing about 5% of world mining output from Africa’s highest-grade uranium ores.

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