Year 2016, Volume 62, Issue 1

Year : 2016
Volume : 62
Issue : 1
   
Authors : Emmanuel.Olasope BAMIGBOYE
Title : UTILISATION OF INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS FOR SUSTAINABLE VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN EKITI STATE: IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA
Abstract : Vegetable production is often faced with some challenges that borders on pests and diseases infestation and low yield. Therefore, this study explores indigenous knowledge system (IKS) approaches in vegetable production under tropical conditions. The following were examined: personal attributes of vegetable farmers, identification of various vegetables production stages with their corresponding IKS approaches, presentation of procedures used in developing some of the IKS amongst farmers, identification of reasons for using IKS in vegetable production and examination of benefits and problems associated with IKS utilization in vegetable production. Frequency distribution, percentages, mean and standard deviation were used to describe the data. Inferential statistics such as correlation was used in analysis. There was a relationship between IKS approaches used in vegetable production and personal attributes age, farm size, household size, and income. Reasons for using IKS included: hazards involved in utilisation of synthetic fertilizers, less financial commitment in processing of material, and it is environmental friendly. Benefits and problems associated with IKS were: ‘it is profitable’, ‘it is cheaper than modern method’, and ‘it increases farm revenue’. Some IKS used in vegetable production include: bush fallow, trash burning, bed and heap making, soil incorporated with weathered poultry manure used to control nematode in tomatoes, extracts of occimum to control damping off. Others include application with lotion from black local soap and dusting with wood ash from Iroko tree (Chlorophora excels) to control insects. Constraints to production and IKS must be improved and to forestall IKS being supplanted for use in sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria.
For citation : Bamigboye, E. (2016): Utilization of indigenous knowledge systems for sustainable vegetable production in Ekiti State: Implications for sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria. Agriculture and Forestry, 62 (1): 91-97. DOI: 10.17707/AgricultForest.62.1.11
Keywords : farmer, hazard, pests and diseases and agricultural development
   
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ISSN 0554-5579 (Printed)
ISSN 1800-9492 (Online)
DOI : 10.17707/AgricultForest

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