|Authors: ||O.O. Oyedele, I.B. Adeoye, I.O. Amao, K.M. Bamimore, A. Ogundeyi|
|Keywords: ||tomatoes, urban markets, rural markets, Oyo State|
This study was carried out to analyze the market flow of tomato, volumes of tomato marketed and problems faced by farmers in marketing tomatoes in Oyo State, Nigeria.
Data were collected from 146 tomato producers at Oriire, Iseyin, Ogbomoso South and Ogo Oluwa local government areas using a pretested questionnaire.
Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data collected.
Most of the farmers sold their tomatoes through the rural market (65%), while only 2 and 4% sold at the farm gate or to collector agents, respectively.
Most of the farmers sold all their fruit at the rural market because of proximity, while 21% sold in an urban market due to better prices and a larger population.
The major problems faced by farmers were the perishability of the fruit (58%) and price fluctuation (54%). The study recommends the provision of storage and processing facilities for farmers to generate improved revenue and reduce the price fluctuation.
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