African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6824

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Studies on shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) fruits storage and different preservation technologies for domestication.

Koloche I.M,Celestine E.I, Solomon S, Enaberue L.O, Garba H, Mohammed A, Yahaya S.A

  •  Received: 09 February 2021
  •  Accepted: 23 April 2021
In order to prevent a Shea seed from germination when stored, a preservation technology was adopted using white transparent polythene bags of 500mm gauge, perforated brown envelope of big size, and Black polythene bags of 500mm guage. The results revealed that the Shea seeds preserved in the white transparent polythene bags retained their viability for six months which can then be used by experienced/professional domesticators for nursery establishment. With the result obtained from this study, the viable Shea seeds would be available all the year round for domesticators. Therefore, the problem of seasonality in Shea seed availability is solved. However, Shea seed domesticators are encouraged to use the successful method of preservation to ensure availability of viable seeds across the yearly seasons.

Keywords: Shea seeds, Preservation, Technology, Polythene bag, Domestication.