Research Article
Volume 6 Issue 1 - 2020
Assessment of Agroforestry Practices and Tree Species Diversity in Igangan Forest Reserve, Nigeria
Oyewumi RV, Ajekiegbe JM and Bolanle-Ojo OT*
Department of Sustainable Forest Management, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Jericho Hill, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Bolanle-Ojo OT, Department of Sustainable Forest Management, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Jericho Hill, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Received: November 14, 2019; Published: December 10, 2019




Abstract

Part of the challenges facing developing countries is the production of enough food to meet the need of increasing population without causing too much deforestation. Agroforestry has been seen to have the potential of improving agricultural land use systems and providing important returns which will benefit the environment. It is from the foregoing that study was carried out to assess the different agroforestry practices and tree species diversity in Igangan forest reserve, Oyo State, Nigeria. The result of present study showed that four (4) types of agroforestry system were practiced. The result of tree species found on the agroforestry farms showed the presence of trees like Anacardium occidentale, Parkia biglobosa, Vitellaria paradoxa, Anogeissus leiocarpus, Annona senegalensis, Vitex doniana, Citrus latifolia, Elaeis guineensis, Blighia sapida, Daniellia oliveri, Nauclea latifolia and Piliostigma thonningii which are used to meet their needs in terms of fibre, financial provision, food, soil conservation and many more. Agroforestry is being practiced on a small scale in the study area. Farmers plant and retain trees on their farms in other to avoid eviction from the forest reserve. A. occidentale was found to be planted the most due to the production of fruits for income generation and soil conservation. The possible economic contribution of agroforestry to the study area is tangible. The different agroforestry practices in the study area have helped in the conservation of different tree species.

Keywords: Agroforestry; Tree Species; Rural Livelihood; Land Use Systems

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Citation: Bolanle-Ojo OT., et al. “Assessment of Agroforestry Practices and Tree Species Diversity in Igangan Forest Reserve, Nigeria”. EC Agriculture 6.1 (2020): 01-10.

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