An appraisal study of donkey in three Northern states of Nigeria

  • O.O.J. Bale National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • C.A.M. Lakpini National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • A.K. Mohammed National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • J.T. Amodu National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • U.F. Chiezey Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • H.U. Ahmed National Agricultural Research Project, Abuja, Nigeria
  • A.A. Achazie Federal Agricultural Co-ordinating Unit, Abuja, Nigeria
  • E.O. Otchere Institute for Agricultural Research, Accra, Ghana

Abstract

This qualitative study on donkey was conducted in Bauchi, Kano and Kebbi States of Nigeria. The objective of the study was to understand the role, significance and potential areas needing intervention in donkey rearing in the rural setting. The study was also used to obtain first-hand baseline information on the state of knowledge on the donkey in the states surveyed. Sixty two locations were visited comprising 36 from Kebbi, 19 from Bauchi and 17 from Kano States respectively. Rapid Rural Participatory Appraisal (RRPA) technique with check list of questions and farmers' participation was employed in villages/towns randomly selected to cover all the ecological zones in each of the three States. A meeting of one to two hours was organized with the farmers and donkey owners. Observations were made on donkeys at home and in the field. Problems mentioned by respondents included: Colics (Anomari),ulcerative lymphangitis, inflammation of the tongue, interdigital dermatitis, ear sore, fistulous withers, unknown causes of lameness and nervous system disorder called locally as “chinkai chinkai”. There were generally poor or no veterinary facilities and services in most of the villages and towns. It was not the farmers practice to take donkeys to clinic for treatment. Mortality was high during the late dry season in most places but also occurred in the rainy season in some places. Areas for further investigations were also highlighted. Keywords: Nigeria, Appraisal, Northern States, diseases, donkey
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