MORE ABOUT SESAME SEEDS

Sesame seeds are the seeds of the annual tropical plant – Sesamum indicum. The plant is mainly grown for its seeds, and the reason for the popularity of sesame seeds is due to its numerous health and industrial benefits. Also, the seed has a higher oil content compared to other oilseed crops. Out of about 4.8 million tonnes of sesame seeds produced in the world every year, Nigeria contributes about 300,000 tonnes, which is valued at about US$20 million. Thus, the country is the second largest producer of sesame seeds in Africa and the seventh globally. While we may consider this as a commendable feat, it is barely not enough, because Nigeria has the capacity to produce the whole 4.8 million tonnes – a feat that hasn’t been achieved due to various challenges.