Osewa et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (12), pp. 829-835, December 2013.
Manuscript Number: 060913823
Perception of Rural Dwellers on the Nutritional and Medicinal Values of Moringa oleifera in Ido Local Government of Oyo State
*1Osewa S.O., 2A.A. Adeniran, 1O. Alamu, 1M.R. Olubiyi,
1National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB), P.M.B 5382 Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria.
2Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: sundayosewa @ yahoo.com
The study investigated the perception of rural dwellers on
nutritional and medicinal values of Moringa oleifera
in Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria, with the
specific objectives of assessing the demographic
characteristics of rural dwellers. Also, to determine the
level of awareness of nutritional and medicinal values of
Moringa, identify the various ways in which respondents
consume Moringa, assessing rural dwellers’ sources of
information and identify the perceived nutritional and
medicinal benefits of Moringa in the study area. A
purposively sampling technique was used to collect
information with the aid of structured questionnaire from
120 respondents. Data collected were analyzed using
frequency counts and percentages. The study reveals that
more than half of the respondents were mostly male (53.3%),
married (60%), while majority of them had some form of
formal education. Majority (40.8%) of the respondents
preferred taken powdered leaves. The study showed that half
(50.0%) and 42.5% of the respondents had access to
information through friends/relatives and radio respectively
on the utilization of Moringa. It was recommended
that the government should try to minimize the constraints
encountered by the rural dwellers in the consumption of
Moringa by providing the basic amenities necessary for
life in rural areas and rural dwellers should be motivated
through credit facilities and series of training on
cultivation and utilization of Moringa.
Keywords: perception, awareness, utilization, sources of information, nutritional and medicinal values.
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