THEMATIC MEASURES FOR REDUCING POST-HARVEST LOSSES OF VEGETABLE CROPS AMONG FARMERS IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA

Authors

  • MBAH EN Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria.
  • AMAH NE Department of Agricultural Extension and Management, Federal College of Animal Heath and Production Technology, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • OKEKE MN Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, Nigeria.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22159/ijags.2022.v10i6.46590

Keywords:

Measures, post-harvest, losses, vegetable crops, farmers, Nigeria

Abstract

The survey was carried out to ascertain thematic measures for reducing post-harvest losses of vegetable crops among farmers in Benue State, Nigeria. Questionnaire was used to collect data from a sample of 96 respondents used for the study. Data were analyzed using frequency, percentage, mean score, and standard deviation. Findings of the study revealed that about 57% of the respondents were females while 42.7% were males, 46.9% of the respondents were aged 31–40 years, and majority (80.2%) were married with 75.0% of the respondents having farming as a major occupation. A greater percentage (78.1%) of the respondents had between 6 and 10 years of farming experience and mean household size of about six persons. Results show effects of post-harvest losses to include reduction in income generation (M=3.80), decrease in quality of produce (M=3.66), unstable supply of produce (M=3.39), high cost of vegetable (M=3.30), decrease in nutritional content of the produce (M=3.26), loss of investment made by the farmer (M=3.25), and reduction on availability of vegetables for household consumption (M=3.24). Adequate provision of storage facilities (M=3.85), proper cleaning of produce (M=3.65), proper packaging of produce (M=3.60), adequate transportation facilities (M=3.56), sale of produce immediately after harvest (M=3.45), and harvesting at the right time (M=3.45) were measures indicated by the respondents for reducing post-harvest losses of vegetable crops. The study therefore recommends that there is a need for provision of adequate storage facilities to prevent losses of vegetable crops after harvesting. It also highlights that good sanitation practices in all post-harvest operations are very important factors in eliminating sources of infection and reducing contamination.

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Published

25-10-2022

How to Cite

EN, M., NE, A., & MN, O. (2022). THEMATIC MEASURES FOR REDUCING POST-HARVEST LOSSES OF VEGETABLE CROPS AMONG FARMERS IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA. Innovare Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 10(6), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.22159/ijags.2022.v10i6.46590

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