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Socio-Economic Importance of Edible Indigenous Trees in Some Selected Communities around Kainji Lake National Park, Nigeria

D. A. Joshua
H. L. Mohammed
O. A. Akande
J. Zacchaeus
S. M. Ayeni


The research work examines the socio-economic importance of edible indigenous trees in some selected communities around Kainji Lake National Park, Nigeria. The respondents were the residents, farmers and marketers of the selected communities around Kainji Lake National Park. The Socio-Demographic Characteristics of the respondents showed that males are more than females having 62.0%. The age group 35-40 years recorded the highest with 40.0%. The majority 70.0% of the respondents are Islam while only 30.0% are Christians. 74.0% are married while 26.0% had secondary education. The major occupation of the respondents is farming having 50.0% responses, followed by civil servants 34.0%, while the least is a student 6.0% only. The edible indigenous tree species available in the study area revealed that fourteen (14) tree species are recorded which includes Anacardium occidentale, Mangnifera indica, Carica papaya, Vernonia amygdalina etc. The source of edible indigenous trees is indicated that picking from neighbors' farms and buying from gatherers recorded the highest with 61% and 23% respectively, followed by purchase from farmers with 12.0% while direct purchase from the open market is the least with 4.0%. The socio-economic importance of edible indigenous trees showed that they mostly served as a source of income (43%), medicinal importance (31%) and source of food (26%). The study recommends that further research should be carried out to confirm more of the uses of those tree species study most especially their medicinal and nutritional values.