Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, 1(1), pp. 26-35.
Continued reduction and fragmentation of natural habitat and feeding site for wildlife species through man’s developmental activities, has led to the encroachment of wildlife population into the adjacent farm land to search for food, thereby leading to destruction of agroforestry trees and crops. This study examined the effect of wildlife species on activities of agroforest farmers in Ekiti State forest reserves. The study area was stratified on the basis of vegetation into two zones (rain forest and derived savannah zones). Eighty pretested questionnaires were randomly administered to farmers for collection of data. Information obtained revealed that majority of the respondents are married (93%), middle age (50%) men (60 %). Mammals and aves contitutes the highest group of animals present. The respondents opined that wildlife species impact both negatively and positively on their trees and crops. Some of the damages done by wildlife to trees and crops includes; cutting, uprooting, trampling, defoliation, browsing of young shoot and leaves and plucking of fruits. Finally the result shows that control measure such as the use of dog, chemical, trapping, scared off by guards, hunting, poison, use of charm and use of human statue, were employed to checkmate the activities of these animals on farmers farmlands.
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J., O. Olujobi., A., F. Sale., & M., O. Akande. (2012). Effect of Wildlife Species on the Activities of Agroforest Farmers in Ekiti State. Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, 1(1), pp. 26-35.
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Olagunju John Olujobi is a lecturer I at the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Management,Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. His educational training and research were undertaken in Nigeria at the University level up to doctorate degreein Forestry with specialization in Agroforestry. DrOlujobi’s research interest has focused on the use of tree/shrub legumes on cultivated and pasture lands for soil nutrient improvement through Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF); the study of vegetation in relation to other component of ecosystem and the rational utilization of forest products and conservation of valuable genetic resources.DrOlujobi has published several articles in many reputable local and international Journals. He is a member of professional bodies such as Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN) and Forests and Forest Products Society of Nigeria (FFPSN).
Faith Aladi Sale is a SeniorLecturer in the Department of Forestry and Wildlife, KogiState University, Anyigba. Nigeria. She has been in lecturing profession for Eleven years. She obtained her Ph.Ddegree in Agroforestry from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria in 2009. Dr.Sale’s research interest has focused on Agroforestry Technology, Silviculture, and Gender issues in forestry. Dr.Sale has published several articles in many reputable local and international Journals. She is a member of Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN) and Forests and Forest Products Society of Nigeria (FFPSN).
Oluwayemisi Moradeyo Akande holds a Degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management. She graduated from the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, EkitiState University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria in 2012. Miss Akande is currently on her one year mandatory Youth Service Corps at Community Secondary School Rumomoasi Port Harcourt in River State, Nigeria. . Miss Akandehas passion for academic work. She has already obtained form to enroll for Master Degree program in Agroforestry at Ekiti State University.
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