Survey of traditional use of medicinal plants in peasant livestock farming in South West Nigeria

  • O.O. Eniolorunda


Animals are kept in free roaming herd, in the south western states of the country. Although the potentials of these animals is great, mortality from disease constitute serious impediment to its production in Nigeria. Data was collected from three (3) selected villages/towns in each of the six (6) states consisting of one thousand, eight hundred respondents (1,800) in all. About 40% of the respondents in this study were found to use traditional medicine to treat their stock. Natural substances of plant origin, which provide a rich source of botanical anthelmintics, antibacterials and insecticides, were used by the respondents to kill or repel parasitic arthropods on livestock. There had been a good effort by the rural farmers to solve their own problems through indigenous knowledge systems and the solutions were to some extent successful.

(Af. J. of Livestock Extension: 2003 2: 40-43)

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