Article Number: DRJAFS8029011573

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26765/DRJAFS8029011573

ISSN: 2354-4147

Vol.8 (1), pp. 32-38 January 2020

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Original Research Article

Effect of transportation and distribution of Amaranthus (Amaranthus cruentus) in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria

Tsado, E. K.

Jiya, M. J.

Adesina, O. A.

Saidu, A.

Jatto, A. A.


Abstract

Amaranthus (Amaranthus cruentus) is an important agricultural vegetable that can be characterized by the type of handling from the field to the market and to the consumers. Being perishable produce, it requires a good transportation, handling, and distribution system to enable amaranthus to be delivered to the market and to consumers in a quality state. The authors used a questionnaire survey method to arrive at the results that are presented. The result showed that there were more males than female respondents in the market but more women were involved in growing of amaranthus. Although the quality loss of amaranthus that occurs during marketing can be often associated with mechanical damages, water loss, chilling injury and decay. Poor storage facilities were also rated as the next problem encountered. The study also established that poor road networks resulted in vehicular vibrations causing damage to the amaranthus transported as the next constraint.


Keywords: Amaranthus, perishable produce, vehicular vibrations, transportation


 Received: December 30, 2019  Accepted: January 27, 2020  Published: January 30, 2020

Tsado Et Al


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