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Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 271–279 | Cite as

Initial agronomic evaluation of Parkia biglobosa in the humid zone of Nigeria

  • E. N. Sabiiti
  • J. Cobbina
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Abstract

Parkia biglobosa is an important traditional economic tree legume of considerable multipurpose potentials that has not been well researched. It is used for fodder, human food, fuel wood, timber, green manure, medicine, provides shade for forage grasses and livestock and protects soil from heat and it is important in soil nutrient cycling.

The objective of this study was to determine the effect of management regimes (cutting frequency and height) on the coppicing ability, fodder production, and nutritive value potentials of cultivated Parkia trees. This initial study has shown that the tree has a potential as fodder for livestock as well as human food and should be further studiedto fully understand its biology, agronomy and feeding value under various agroforestry or silvopastoral systems of humid tropics in West Africa.

Key words

Parkia Gliricidia evaluation fodder humid zone multipurpose tree coppicing nutritive value 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. N. Sabiiti
    • 1
  • J. Cobbina
    • 1
  1. 1.Humid Zone ProgrammeInternational Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA)IbadanIbadan

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