One of the major reasons for failure in agricultural sector in Nigeria is because of much attention on production neglecting other aspects of the value chain particularly processing and preservation related activities. Therefore, palm kernel oil processing and effects on the well-being of the processors in Oyo state was assessed. A multi-stage sampling procedure was used to obtain data from 120 palm kernel oil PKO processors using a structured interview schedule. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse the data collected. Findings reveal that the mean age of the respondents was 45.7 years. Most (90%) of the respondents sold their products to secondary processors. Grinding the nut was the highest of respondents’ involvement in PKO activities. Small and scattered palm kernel nut sellers (60.-0%) and high cost of technical facilities (57.5%) were the most severe constraints to processing of palm kernel oil. Higher proportions (59.2%) of the respondents were better-off. Significant relationship existed between well-being of processors and constraints (χ2=0,209; p˂0.05). In spite that most of the respondents are better-off, there are still challenges to be addressed. It is therefore recommended that the PKO processors should form cooperative society in order to collectively buy and share among themselves the palm kernel nuts needed for the processing PKO .
Well-being, Palm kernel oil, Processors
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Mohammed Kuta Yahaya, Hakeem Temitope Kareem. (2021) Well-Being of Palm Kernel Oil Processors in Oyo State in Nigeria. International Journal of Agricultural Science, 6, 6-14
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