ROLE AND CONSTRAINTS OF MUSA PRODUCTION IN SOUTHWESTERN NIGERIA

S.O.S. Akinyemi, B.S. Alabi, C. Staver, A.E. Adekoya, I.B. Adeoye, A.A. Layade
Southwestern Nigeria is a major Musa production zone in Nigeria. Its diverse uses, has made it one of the highly ranked carbohydrate sources. Nonetheless, plantain production is still mainly in the hands of poor resource farmers and remains undersupplied. A survey was conducted in southwestern Nigeria (Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun States) to determine the constraints to plantain and banana production. Results revealed that 91.1, 76, 62.4 and 62.4% of the farmers still intercrop their plantain/banana field with other crops in Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo State, respectively. Furthermore, shortage of labour, inadequate planting materials, poor transportation system, declining soil fertility, diseases and pests infestation prevented field expansion. Adoption of most of the improved production technologies among farmers was also very low.
Akinyemi, S.O.S., Alabi, B.S., Staver, C., Adekoya, A.E., Adeoye, I.B. and Layade, A.A. (2013). ROLE AND CONSTRAINTS OF MUSA PRODUCTION IN SOUTHWESTERN NIGERIA. Acta Hortic. 1007, 635-640
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.1007.73
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.1007.73
banana, farmers, plantain, value addition, technology adoption
English

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