Problems of propagation and conservation of indigenous fruit trees in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria
Tropical rainforests as natural resources are constantly in a state of flux, as several benefits can be derived from it, such as timber, fuel wood, rubber, fruits and nuts, dyes and some medicinal plants. Fruits are very important components of man’s diet, containing a wide variety of amino acids, vitamins and minerals essential for growth and development. Unfortunately, in spite of their importance in the diet of man, indigenous fruits are often relegated to the background in preference for timber and its bye-products. A field survey was carried out in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria where the indigenous fruit trees were identified scientifically with their families and local names. Factors hindering their large-scale cultivation were also highlighted. Fruits play a leading role in the economy of many rural people and food security program too. Therefore a good study of them and the need for their conservation for future generations cannot be overemphasized.
Keywords: Tropical rainforest, indigenous fruit trees, rural people, food security, conservation