Water melon is increasingly being grown in the South Western part of Nigeria which has progressively witnessed an increase in the number of farmers growing hitherto Northern Nigeria-produced crops. The South West has for long cultivated melon which is widely used in soups but water melon was not cultivated. In Ogun State, it’s now widely cultivated, thanks to the efforts of the Ogun State Agricultural Development programme (OGADEP) and other promoters.
Varieties: There are two varieties of water melon being cultivated, the Sugar baby and the Caolack.
Soil: Water melon requires well drained fertile soil.
Planting: Seeds are sown with spacing of 90cm x 90cm at one to two seeds per hole. Some simple agronomic practices are followed to ensure maximum yield.
Maturity: Fruit matures and is ready for harvesting between 75 and 95 days.
Pricing: Prices vary according to season and much of the harvest is spoilt and thrown away.
Eating: Water Lemon is great as an eat-alone or in fruit salads, as juice-alone or in a juice mixture.
Health and Nutrition:
Water melon is a good source of Vitamin A and C. Vitamin A is essential for good vision and helps bone growth, vitamin C protects against infections and is good for healthy gums, bones and blood vessels and for healing.
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