Evaluation of Methods Applied for Extraction and Processing of Oil Palm Products in Selected States of Southern Nigeria


Authors : Etuk E.U; Obafemi A.A; Abagwa O

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 7 - July

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The study evaluated the methods applied for extraction and processing of oil palm products in the selected States of Southern Nigeria. The study adopted the use of cross sectional research design and made use of 560 structured copies of questionnaire to elicit information from the oil palm farmers and producers using purposive and random sampling techniques. Descriptive statistics were used for analyzing the data. Results showed that majority (74.2%) of respondents were females and majority (78.3%) were within the age of 36 and 55 years. More than 70% of respondents made use of maximum of one hectare of land for oil palm production. Findings also revealed that native method of oil palm extraction and processing dominated the entire study area; and followed by squeeze press; with small scale utilization dominating in terms of oil palm producers and methods applied for extraction in the study area. The study therefore recommended that government should support the oil palm farmers/producers with loans and adequate credit facilities that will aid crude oil palm extractions and productions because of its socio-economic benefits to rural livelihoods and food production processes in the study area and the increasing demands of crude oil palm

Keywords : Methods, Extraction, Processing, Oil Palm, Southern Nigeria

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