Okra in Northern Nigeria

Okra

Written by Aeesha McOseni

August 19, 2020

Okra, Abelmoschus esculentus, also known as Okro or Lady’s finger, is a fruiting plant of the Malvaceae family. Its fruits and young leaves are cooked and very popular in Nigeria. Because of its popularity and easiness to grow, it can be grown across all states in Nigeria. Growing of Okra in Northern Nigeria is quite coomon.

Facts About Okra

Benefits of Okra

Okra is a good source of Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamins A, B vitamins, and Vitamin C. It is rich in amino acids like leucine, isoleucine, etc. Okra is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and is known to reduce the risk of cataract and muscular degeneration.

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Okra Uses

Okras are usually cooked used for Okro soup and other dishes. Okra seeds are known to be used as a substitute for coffee. The Oil gotten by pressing Okra seeds is known for its pleasant taste and odor.

Growing Okra

Season

Okra is an easy to grow plant that will grow in any season.

Soil Type

Loose and well-drained soil.

Planting

Sow 2 seeds per hole of 1.5cm deep with a spacing of 60cm/80cm. Water plants and thin out to 1 plant when they are about 10cm in height.

Maintenance

Weed seedbeds frequently. Fertilize with organic and inorganic fertilizer and water plants frequently, especially in the dry season.

Pests and diseases include Aphids, Whitefly, Caterpillar, Leafminer, Powdery Mildew, and Virus. These can be combatted by spraying organic and inorganic pesticide and fungicides and handpicking of pests.

Harvest

Okra is ready for harvest 2-4 months after sowing depending on the variety. Okras are to be harvested every 4-5 days after flowering.

Preservation

Preserve in a cool and dry place.

States Predominantly Found in Northern Nigeria

Kaduna, Kano, Kastina, Niger, Nasarawa, Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Plateau etc.

Major markets of Okra in Northern Nigeria

STATEMAJOR MARKETS
KADUNAKasuwan Dan Magaji, Kasuwan Sabon Gari, Kasuwan Samaru, Kasuwan Giwa.
KATSINAKasuwan chunko.
KANOkasuwan Wanbai, Kasuwan Wudil, Kasuwan Danbatta, Kasuwan Yan kaba, Kasuwan Sabon gari.
NASARAWATsohon Kasuwa, Sabon Kasuwa
NIGERKasuwan Gwari, Sabon Kasuwan
PLATEAUKasuwan Building Material, Kasuwan Farin Gada
YOBEKasuwan Tashar Kuka, Kasuwan Jaji Maje, Kasuwan Garin Alkali, Kasuwan Yusufari, Kasuwan Yunusari.
BORNOKasuwan Biu, Kasuwan Meringa, Kasuwan Kwaya, Kasuwan Marama, Kasuwan Shafa.
GOMBEDa Sauransu, Ashaka Gari, Juggol Barkono, Kodom, Malam Sidi, Kurugu, Mana Washi, Kasuwan Dadin kowa.
JIGAWAKasuwan Mai gatari, Kasuwan Gujungu, Kasuwan Sara, kasuwan Hadejia, Kasuwan Kafin hausa, Kasuwan Shuwarin.
Major Okra Markets in Northern Nigeria

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