• OKRA (Abelmoscus esculentus)
    AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

    OKRA (Abelmoscus esculentus)

    Okra is also a vegetable crop commonly grown by local farmers in West Africa. The fruits called capsule. When young, they are harvested with knife and used in soup preparation.   Land preparation: The bush is cleared with cutlass while ridges or heaps are constructed with hoes. Alternatively, the land can be prepared by ploughing, harrowing and ridging.   Varieties/Cultivars: New lady’s finger and the Perkin’s long pod.   Climatic and soil requirements: Okra requires a temperature of 18°C – 30°C, rainfall of 100cm – 150cm per annum and a well-drained loamy soil.   Method of propagation: By seeds.   Planting date: Early April and May.   Spacing: 60cm x…

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