Volume 4, Issue 6, November 2019, Page: 216-223
Woody Species Indicator of Soil Fertility and Their Socio-economic Value in the Sudano-guinea Savannahs of Ngaoundere, Adamawa Cameroon
Massai Tchima Jacob, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Ngaoundere, Ngaoundere, Cameroon; Wakwa Research Center, Institute of Agriculture Research for Development, Ngaoundere, Cameroon
Ibrahima Adamou, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Ngaoundere, Ngaoundere, Cameroon
Ngakou Albert, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Ngaoundere, Ngaoundere, Cameroon
Babe Ndara Gregoire, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Ngaoundere, Ngaoundere, Cameroon
Maigari Pale, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Ngaoundere, Ngaoundere, Cameroon
Mamadou Laminou Mal Amadou, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Ngaoundere, Ngaoundere, Cameroon; Wakwa Research Center, Institute of Agriculture Research for Development, Ngaoundere, Cameroon
Received: Nov. 25, 2019;       Accepted: Dec. 21, 2019;       Published: Dec. 31, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijnrem.20190406.18      View  185      Downloads  85
Abstract
In order to identify the woody species indicators of soil fertility according to farmers' perceptions and to determine the socio-economic importance of these woody species, a survey was conducted on one hundred and fifty (150) farmers within the Ngaoundere IIIrd Municipality, Adamawa Cameroon. Results indicate that on the seventeen (17) woody species identified by the farmers as soil fertility indicators, six (6) were the most abundant cited whose three (3) mimosaceae (Entada africana, Parkia biglobosa, Albizia zigia), one Combretaceae (Terminalia macroptera), one Clusiaceae (Harungana madagascariensis), and one Myrtaceae (Syzigium guineense var. macrocarpum). These woody species as indicators of soil fertility also played an important role in the socio-economic life of famers because they gave food, sanitary, fodder and are also used to make some kitchen tools or serve as building materials. Vitellaria paradoxa, Parkia biglobosa, Annona senegalensis, Ximenia americana, Ziziphus mauritiana and Piliostigma thonningii were refered as the most diversely used by population of Dang. These results will enable the integration of farmer knowledge in the new technology of the improvement soil fertility and for the farmers to benefice the services given by these woody species.
Keywords
Woody Species Indicators, Soil Fertility, Socio-economic Value, Dang, Ngaoundere and Cameroon
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Massai Tchima Jacob, Ibrahima Adamou, Ngakou Albert, Babe Ndara Gregoire, Maigari Pale, Mamadou Laminou Mal Amadou, Woody Species Indicator of Soil Fertility and Their Socio-economic Value in the Sudano-guinea Savannahs of Ngaoundere, Adamawa Cameroon, International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2019, pp. 216-223. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnrem.20190406.18
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