Post by Ismail AbdulAzeez on Dec 14, 2018 17:47:09 GMT 1
Bitter kola also referred to as Garcinia kola is a species of flowering plant which belongs to the Clusiaceae or Guttiferae family.
The natural habitat of Bitter kola is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
Bitter kola is commonly found in the following countries: Nigeria, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroon, Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Ghana.
Nigeria is a principal producer of kola nuts. About 150,000 tons of bitter kola is produced in Nigeria, being the core producer of bitter kola in sub-saharan Africa.
The product can be sourced mostly from the southern part of the country in the following states in Ondo, Enugu, Osun, Oyo, Imo, Ogun etc.
It is easy to locate Bitter kola in our local Nigerian markets and it is relatively cheap. Sourcing the product will never be a problem. Bitter kola, comes into the local market mostly from Eastern Nigeria.
Benefits of Bitter Kola
Bitter kola is one of the country’s cash crops and has a socio-economic significance in the Nigeria society.
The product is used for several purposes, mostly food. Bitter kola serves as raw material in the pharmaceutical industries for drug production.
- The product is used in the preparation of herbal drugs either as nourishment, supplement or herbal remedy.
- It is effective for the treatment of some common diseases such as tuberculosis, diarrhea, cough etc.
- The product is useful especially for the prevention of spoilage in beer.
- Bitter kola is used in production of kola soft drinks.
Exporting Bitter Kola
Bitter Kola can be traded on a large or small scale. Bitter Kola product is in high demand in the international market because of its immense healthcare advantages.
It has immense market demand in several countries of the world. Some of these countries are USA, France, Italy, China, Japan, India Britain, Germany, and other countries in Asia.
It is used for food purposes and serves as raw materials in the pharmaceutical and food industry in the preparation of drugs, soft cola and energy drinks in these countries.
The growing demand for bitter kola is being sustained by the growing demand for traditional medical therapy and energy drink industry.
You can start small
The export process is not difficult to undertake and is less capital intensive. You can start as a small beginner. That is, you don’t need to export in hundreds of metric tons of the product which would need huge capital.
You could simply start with few trial orders of say, 50kg – 300kg.
You only need to put in a bit of work and effort to achieve profit.
You can make huge profit by trading in Bitter Kola Export Business in Nigeria.
Terms of delivery, pricing, types of product, ability to supply constantly, payment mode and types are very important to achieve success in export business.
Packaging Bitter Kola for export
What follows after getting the product from the market is packaging.
To avoid unnecessary questioning or possible rejection of your product by the authorities, proper packaging should be put in place.
It is not advisable to use airtight bags, so as to avoid overheating the product.
You can however, make use of paper wrappers to wrap your Bitter Kola into small sizes of 1kg per wrapper. What follows then, is to get a big envelope or a small carton where you would put about 7 wraps the bitter kola weighing 7kg per envelope or carton.
If you are living in a country like Nigeria, where bitter kola is very abundant, then you should consider starting a business that exports the commodity.
Bitter kola export business is very lucrative and it is abundant in Nigeria, which makes it readily available. It fetches a lot of profit up to 100 percent or more per export sale.
And since the business does not require huge capital or technical know-how, anyone can venture into the bitter kola export business and smile to the bank.