Post Harvest Losses: Impact on Nigeria Economy

A. O. Oladimeji, O. G. Olajide, T. A. Abisuwa, B.B. Ayodele

Abstract


As the produce continues to rise in the market due to low supply of food and increase in exchange rate of foreign currencies, the economic condition of the country in the area of food production and its losses is a thing of major concern for every Nigerian. Imported foods are no more affordable for average Nigerians and majority of the indigenous food produced are lost from one stage of production to the other. These stages are operations like harvesting, on the farm handling, processing, storage and transportation. This paper therefore examines the causes of these losses and its effects on Nigeria economy. Possible solutions are also recommended.

Key words: Post-Harvest, Losses, Crops, Nigeria, Economy


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