Community perception and utilization of Moringa oleifera in Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, Southeastern Nigeria

  • Angus Ejidikeme Onyido
  • Nwanneka Victoria Elosiuba
  • Nkiruka Oluebube Anyikwa
  • Joy Ifeyinwa Chikwendu
  • Roseline Ekene Ikeh
  • Pauline Ukamaka Umeanaeto
  • Cyril Ali Imakwu
Keywords: Moringa oleifera, Drumstick tree, Knowledge, Community perception, Utilization

Abstract

Moringa oleifera is one of nature’s amazing plants that is nutritionally and medicinally beneficial to man. This study was aimed at determining the people’s knowledge, utilization and distribution of Moringa in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. Three towns were selected from the LGA, 450 respondents participated in the study. House visits were used to reach the people. Interviewer administered and structured questionnaires were used to gather information from the participants. Distribution of M. oleifera plants was estimated by counting the plant stands in the compounds visited. Utilization of M. oleifera was subdivided into nutrition, agriculture, medicine and cultural uses. The knowledge of M. oleifera by the people varied among the sexes. More females 108(65.06 %) than the males 58(34.94 %) had knowledge of M. oleifera plant. Knowledge of the plant decreased with increased educational status. It varied with different occupational groups being highest among farmers and least among the drivers. M. oleifera were found growing luxuriantly in the three clans but sparsely distributed due to felled Moringa trees. The plant population ranged from 7 to 11 stands in the study communities. Uses of M. oleifera include: human nutrition, animal shed, fodder and in treating various ailments. Ailments commonly treated with M. oleifera include; toothache, constipation, catarrh, sore throat, helminthiasis and rheumatism. Following the dearth in knowledge of the plant among youths and its sparse distribution, there is need for planting of M. oleifera in the community for better knowledge and utilization by the people.

Published
2022-06-01
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