Yam, along with rice, fufu and beans, is one of the staple foods in Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the world’s largest producers of yam.
The Zaki Biam yam market is located in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue state
, the Food Basket of the Nation
. Zaki Biam is the largest yam market as well as the largest mono-product market in Nigeria and probably Africa.
Benue is Nigeria’s largest yam-producing state. Farmers produce and come to the market to sell just like in traditional times. Buyers from as far as Cameroon, Niger and Ghana patronise the market.
Tuesdays to Thursdays are the busiest days at the market. All shed owners at the market are mandated to own a farm for yam production, and the sale of yam is usually in wholesale.
A tuber of yam can go for as low as ₦200 at Zaki Biam market, and a heap of 100 tubers of yam for as low as ₦23,000.
Other yam-producing states include Adamawa, Taraba, Nassarawa, Enugu, Ogun and Plateau, although the yams sold in Zaki Biam are rumoured to be among the best species in the world.
Yam can be eaten in various ways; pounded yam with any soup of your choice, yam pottage, fried yam with sauce, boiled yam with stew.
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This article was first published on 26th March 2018