Sisal (Agave sisalana) plant of the family Asparagaceae and its fiber, the most important of the leaf fiber group. This plant grows best in moderately rich soil with good drainage and in warm moist climates. Sisal matures about three to five years after planting, depending upon the climate, yielding satisfactory fiber for seven or eight years thereafter and producing about 300 leaves throughout the productive period.
The sisal fiber is traditionally used for rope and twine, and has many other uses including paper, cloth, footwear, hats, bags, carpets, and dartboards. More interesting, the sisal fiber is highly demanded in Nigeria for the construction industry for decorative purposes to be specific.
Nigeria is regarded as one of the major importers of Sisal from both Kenya and Tanzania. In view of this, our quest is to thrive to first satisfy the local huge demand of the products while eyeing the export markets with the surplus of our production to countries like Saudi Arabia, China and Morocco.
We shall commence the trail phase of the cultivation of this Sisal plant in Nigeria in partnership with the government before the commencement of the commercial planting exercise.