U.S.–West and Central Africa
Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission
Aquaculture Feeds and Ingredients Supplier Finds
Large Export Market in Nigeria
The aquaculture market in Nigeria is expanding
rapidly and fish is the cheapest source of
protein for many Nigerians. Staff of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Foreign
Agricultural Service (FAS) at the U.S. Embassy
in Lagos, Nigeria, identified this rapidly
expanding sector, and the opportunities it
presented for U.S. exporters of inputs for
aquaculture. As a result, FAS Lagos intensified
contacts with key fish feeds and ingredients
distributors and made them increasingly aware of
U.S. companies able to supply fish feed to their
operations. Previously, nearly all such feed was
purchased from European companies.
One local buyer, George Nnodiogu, Managing
Director of Gest Nigeria Ltd. was provided a
list of the U.S. fish feed suppliers through
FAS. In addition, FAS provided information on a
U.S. company, Zeigler Bros., Inc., which had
been recruited to participate in the USDA
West/Central Africa Regional U.S. Trade &
Investment Mission in Accra, Ghana, March 10-14,
2008. The Nigerian firm contacted Zeigler Bros.,
Inc., and has already received and distributed a
trial order of one 20-foot container of fish
feed valued $14,000. According to the Nigerian
buyer, feedback from Nigerian fish farmers
showed that the product so far represents the
best quality compared to competing products.
Gest Nigeria Ltd. projects that it will
distribute about 36 20-foot containers valued at
more than $500,000 of Zeigler products within
the next one year.
Zeigler Bros., Inc.
P.O. Box 95
Gardners, PA 17324, USA
Submitted by: Ali Abdi, Agricultural Attaché
USDA/ Foreign Agricultural Service
The Foreign Agricultural Service has staff
stationed in over 90 countries in order to
support U.S. agricultural interests abroad.
Agricultural affairs offices and trade offices
in key markets function as service centers for
U.S. exporters and foreign buyers seeking market
information. The FAS overseas offices ensure
that agriculture’s market access, food aid,
capacity building, biotechnology and information
gathering remain at the forefront and are
critical in providing assistance to U.S.
exporters when problems arise in our export
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