Ngbede et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 4 (4), pp. 136-143, May 2014.
Manuscript Number: 040714180
An Overview of Okra Production, Processing, Marketing, Utilization and Constraints in Ayaragu in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Nigeria
1Ngbede S.O., 1H.N. Ibekwe, 1S.C. Okpara,
1U.N. Onyegbule, and 2*L. Adejumo
1National Horticultural Research Institute, Mbato Sub-Station, P.M.B 1076, Okigwe,
Imo State, Nigeria.
2National Horticultural Research Institute, Idi-Ishin, P.M.B 5432, Ibadan, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: ngbedesamson @ yahoo. com
The study was carried out into the production, processing, marketing, utilization and constraints of Okra in Ayaragu in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Data was collected through the use of a well structured questionnaire and Field observations from 60 Okra farmers using simple random sampling technique. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The result reveals that majority of the respondents are within their active productive age, with a mean age of 30.5 years, the male sex dominated the production process while 76.7% are married acquiring at least secondary education (41.7%) which aided their ability to understand and adopt new innovation meant to increase productivity. Production was small – scale carried out majorly on farm size of 0.5ha. Processing was carried out using traditional technique of slicing, crushing and grating. Okra utilization was fresh and dried mostly to make draw soup. Marketing was carried out at the farm gate and local market. Among the noteable constraints to increase production and marketing are fluctuation of prices and bad roads. If these constraints are adequately cater for it will positively enhance productivity.
Keyword: Assessment, Okra, Production, Processing, marketing, utilization, constraints.
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