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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.
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.
Okra is an easy to grow plant that will grow in any season.
Loose and well-drained soil.
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.
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.
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.
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
|KADUNA||Kasuwan Dan Magaji, Kasuwan Sabon Gari, Kasuwan Samaru, Kasuwan Giwa.|
|KANO||kasuwan Wanbai, Kasuwan Wudil, Kasuwan Danbatta, Kasuwan Yan kaba, Kasuwan Sabon gari.|
|NASARAWA||Tsohon Kasuwa, Sabon Kasuwa|
|NIGER||Kasuwan Gwari, Sabon Kasuwan|
|PLATEAU||Kasuwan Building Material, Kasuwan Farin Gada|
|YOBE||Kasuwan Tashar Kuka, Kasuwan Jaji Maje, Kasuwan Garin Alkali, Kasuwan Yusufari, Kasuwan Yunusari.|
|BORNO||Kasuwan Biu, Kasuwan Meringa, Kasuwan Kwaya, Kasuwan Marama, Kasuwan Shafa.|
|GOMBE||Da Sauransu, Ashaka Gari, Juggol Barkono, Kodom, Malam Sidi, Kurugu, Mana Washi, Kasuwan Dadin kowa.|
|JIGAWA||Kasuwan Mai gatari, Kasuwan Gujungu, Kasuwan Sara, kasuwan Hadejia, Kasuwan Kafin hausa, Kasuwan Shuwarin.|