International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Crop Production in Oyo Empire: Earliest Times to 1930
Jonathan Oluropo FAMILUGBA, Ph.D.

The primary occupation of the Yoruba who inhabits Oyo Empire prior to 1930 was agriculture in which crop production played a dominant role. Hence, this paper intends to examine crop production in Oyo Empire from the earliest times to 1930. The paper examines the tenure system as it has to do with land utilization and ownership among the people. The work further examines the production process from planting to harvesting of agricultural produce. The work concluded by pointing out that the pre-colonial economy witnessed a considerable growth in agricultural practices; and that these economic activities provided the wealth of the society and individuals, thereby leading to the development of trade and commerce within the Empire prior to 1930.

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