History Of Sesame Plant

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SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION TO SIMSIM PRODUCTION Sesame (Sesame indicum) is commonly known as simsim in East Africa and ikanyim in Teso. It belongs to family of pedaliaceae. Sesame is one of the most ancient oil crops known to mankind. Its production is rain fed in the tropics and subtropics. Sesame is a short day plant but also grows in long days. Sesame is believed to have originated from tropical Africa, where we have the greatest genetic diversity. It was later taken at a very early date to India where a secondary Centre of diversity developed. Currently the leading producers of sesame are Myanmar, India, China, Sudan, and Tanzania. In Africa the chief producers are Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Uganda. Improved simsim production has received minimal or no attention from researchers and farmers in Busia county and Kenya at large. Sesame has high quality nutrients components i.e. high in Vitamin E, is believed to improve skin diseases, soothe sunburns and benefit the cardiovascular system. The fat in sesame is 82% unsaturated fatty acids. Eating sesame seeds relieves constipation and aids digestion, it has 25% protein content, unique oils with anti-oxidants its medicinal properties and high demand in the local and international markets. Why to grow sesame? 1. Sesame is one of the most versatile crops that can be grown in dry arid regions. It has unique attributes that can fit most cropping systems. 2. It is an easy crop to consider producing because equipment used for other

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