Document Type: Original Article
Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Presupposing the cost-benefit disparity of shea butter production in rural inhabitants of Atisbo Local Government Area in Nigeria this study aims at evaluating this production process. The research population includes all shea butter processors in the Oyo State. The 120 respodents of the study were selected by multistage sampling procedure. Results show that the Shea butter processors are mainly females, married, middle-aged and have no formal education. Their families are large and Shea butter processing is their main job. Whilst Shea butter processing techniques are manual and require lots of time and effort. There is a small market opportunity for the prodcut and these processors barely look for information to enhance their work. Morever, the major constraints they deal with are bounded credit facilities and processing instruments. Finally, we conclude that Shea butter production in the aforementioned area is less than expected and the quality of the products is poor. We suggest that governments and NGOs can enhance Shea butter processing and use it as a mean of poverty alleviation as it has a considerable economical potential.