Effect of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench) on Human Development and its Impact on the Economy of Farmers in Obubra Rainforest Zone of Nigeria
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Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench) has been found productive, serving nutritional, medicinal, pharmaceutical including economic values. Result of the study indicated Okra containing vital nutrients which aids in proper functioning of the human biological system. Okra has been found to raise the standard of living/economy of local farmers, apart from serving as food. Utilization of Okra in herbal medicine presents the crop as having the potential of maintaining human health. Traditional utilization of the crop has proof its ability to continue to further the advancement in human development. Result of the study presented okra as a local cash crop, owing to the fact that the demand and patronage of the vegetable crop has increase, threrby bringing more income to the farmers and partly contributing to increase in food/crop production to meet the fast growing human population, especially in developing countries including Nigeria.
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