The Marketing of the Fruit and Seeds of Ogbonno (Irvingia Gabonensis)

There is a considerable amount of information on the markets for Irvingia gabonensis in southern Nigeria. In some areas there is such high demand for this product that it has become a luxury item. Its major market is in rural southern Nigeria. Marketing of Irvingia sp. involves producers (principally men), processors (principally women), and wholesale and retail traders (generally women). The Department of Forest Resource Management (1986) notes that market prices are usually controlled by wholesale traders, but that for distant markets retail traders have greater control over prices. Households…

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Gathering and Marketing of other Forest Foods

A great number of forest foods are gathered and sold in the local and regional markets of the region. Semi-wild produce from trees on farm and fallow lands (considered semi-wild as they are not planted but protected by farmers) are being harvested for the market. And cultivation of “wild” species seems to be increasing (see also Sections 5.3, 6.6). For example, a market survey in southern Nigeria revealed that 57 species of wild woody plant products were sold regularly (Okafor 1981). Forest foods are especially valued during the dry season…

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Today’s Debate Topic: Between Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers, which among them is the best for your Crops and Why?

Today's Debate Topic: Between Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers, which among them is the best for your Crops and Why?

Today’s debate is going to be a very interesting one because am going to throw this very important question to everyone along with a practical assignment you need to carry out to enable us to confirm your answers are practically true. Some farmers prefer “Pure Organic” farming methods on their crops due to some wonderful reasons best known to them while others prefer “Pure Inorganic” farming system for their crops with amazing reasons known to them too. Some even combine the two system on their crops also having their own…

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Feeding Tips for Rabbits

What to Feed Rabbits

Today we would be discussing some of the feeding tips for rabbits that you need to know about for your rabbit farming to be successful. The following are the feeding tips for rabbit: (1) Feed twice a day – in the morning and evening when it is cool. (2) Filling feed troughs to such an extent that there is feed for several days is not recommended. (3) The amount and type of feed to offer to them depend on : -The age of the rabbit -The weight or growth rate…

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The Production and Marketing of Bush-Meat

Bush-meat is valued throughout the West African region as a source of cash income and food. Wild animals are hunted for the consumer market by professional hunters (full-time), agriculturalists (part-time) and pygmies. In areas with access to urban markets, bush-meat is now often sold rather than being consumed. Hunting and gathering of bush-meat often complement seasonal requirements for agricultural labour. Hunting for bush-meat is a predominantly male activity. However, the collection of bush-meat such as snails and insects is carried out by both men and women. Women are generally responsible…

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FOREST RESOURCES AS A SOURCE OF CASH INCOME

According to an article published by Fao.org, Forests (and uncultivated trees) provide important sources of income to many rural people in the West African forest zone. Forest products such as bush-meat and fuel-wood are gathered and traded at local and regional markets and are generally destined for urban consumers. Forests also provide the raw materials for artisan and processing activities. Forest products are traded in both local and urban markets, and are sold to meet both rural and urban consumer needs. There are no studies which assess the socio-economic importance…

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Systems of Crop Production

Under the growing of crops, there are different systems in which crops can be cultivated which are usually practiced by farmers, Cropping systems vary among farms depending on the available resources and constraints; geography and climate of the farm; government policy; economic, social and political pressures; and the philosophy and culture of the farmer. Important categories of crops include cereals and pseudo-cereals, pulses (legumes), forage, and fruits and vegetables. Specific crops are cultivated in distinct growing regions throughout the world. The most common systems practiced include: Mono-cropping (sole cropping) This…

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