Benue State, Nigeria

Mangoes, watermelons, oranges, tomatoes & peppers top list of wasted farm products

Farmers in Benue State are seeing continued losses due to the amount of farm-fresh produce they lose on a daily basis.

The absence of storage or processing facilities that would have aided the preservation of their farm-fresh produce has left them with no option but to strive to sell off their perishable produce, such as fresh vegetables and fruits, even at discounted prices so as not to lose everything at the end of each day’s business. The situation has not only stifled the efforts of the farmers in the state to produce more food but has also robbed them of the maximum economic advantage they should reap from their farming business.

Apart from staple food such as yam, rice, cassava, soya bean, and sesame that the state produces in abundant quantity, Benue is also the leading producer of vegetables and fruits such as mango, watermelon, tomatoes, orange, apples, fresh pepper, pears, and pawpaw.


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