Evaluation of Crop Storage Structures Utilization in Lagos State, Nigeria
Nigerian farmers in general and those in Lagos State inclusive face multitude of challenges among which is large percentage of their crop yield lost due to poor handling and storage practices as determined by the type of storage structure used. Good storage practice when employed can reduce or completely eliminate crop losses. A survey was carried out through questionnaires and oral interviews to identify the type of storage structures employed in the four zones of Lagos State (Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Badagry, Ikorodu / Epe ). The outcome of the interviews and the questionnaires provided an insight into the problems experienced by the farmers in each zones which include, activities of insects, rats, birds, micro- organisms, pathogens and the interplay of some environmental conditions that could promote the activities of these agents of deterioration. Solution on how to reduce crop losses due to poor storage practices include disinfecting stores and cribs, using new bags , maintaining a moisture content favourable to crops during storage as well structural maintenance of silos ,replacement of weak members in cribs and platforms and maintaining good ventilation in barns, rhombus and rooms to eliminate micro-organic activities were suggested.
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