Sesame seed is one of the oldest cultivated oil seeds in the world and is highly tolerant to drought-like conditions. Nigeria is one of the world’s largest producers of the crop. Other major producers of sesame seeds are Ethiopia, Burma, Sudan, Mexico, Venezuela, Turkey and Uganda.
Sesame has high oil content. With a rich, nutty flavor, it is a common ingredient in cuisines across the world. The world harvested about 4.8 million metric tonnes of sesame seeds in 2013.
Commercialization: Industrial processing and utilization of sesame seeds have not been fully developed in Nigeria. However the product is locally processed and utilized in various forms. Oil is also extracted from the seeds. The major commercial concern of sesame however, is export. The product has a lucrative export market.