Valuation Of The Consumptive And Productive Uses Of Wild And Domesticated Indigenous Leafy Vegetables In Southeastern Nigeria

Abstract

Vegetables are grown for human consumption all over the world. Indigenous Leafy Vegetables

(ILV), both wild and domesticated species make important contributions to household

improvement in Nigeria. However, information on availability of these species in the market and

the consumption level at household is limited. Therefore, ILV species in southeastern Nigeria

were investigated in order to determine their availability and consumption level.

Multi-stage random sampling procedure was adopted for selecting three states (Imo, Anambra,

Ebonyi), three agricultural zones, communal and household levels. One rural and one urban

community were purposively selected from each of the three Agricultural Development

Programme zones. Existence of a central market formed the main criterion for selection of an

urban community. Ten households were randomly selected and one market was surveyed in each

community. Information on ILV species consumed and the corresponding expenditure during

the week preceding the interview were collected from the households. Also information on ILV

species on sale in the markets, prices and profit margins were obtained. Data were analysed

using descriptive statistics and Z-test at p = 0.05.

A total of 16 domesticated and 17 wild ILV species were commonly consumed (95% of the

respondents) and marketed (average of 52±9.3 persons in each market surveyed) in the study

area. These vegetables were consumed 2.0±0.6 times weekly with domesticated ILV accounting

for 75.4% of the times. More than one vegetable species were usually used in meal preparation

in the area. An average of 4.0±1.2 different species of vegetables were consumed by each

household weekly with expenditures ranging between N182.60 and N227.76 in the rural areas

and between N205.64 and N222.04 in the urban communities. Selling of the vegetables was a

part-time occupation for majority (82.6%) of the traders in the rural, but full-time for 65.3% in

the urban areas. The prices of the vegetables ranged between N42.43 and N181.22/kg in the

rural and between N50.0 and N175.23/kg in urban markets except, Gnetum africanum which

maintained an exceptionally high price that ranged between N498.22/kg and N933.33/kg in rural

and between N222.17 and N929.77/kg in urban markets while remaining the most preferred wild

ILV species. Each seller sold an average of 3.0±0.6 different species of vegetables with daily

profit margins that ranged between N419.55±70.07 and N738.27±96.79 in rural and between

N526.41±87.42 and N805.47±112.55 in urban markets. Profit margins were significantly higher

(Z= -5.4) in urban than in rural markets. In the rural markets, profit margins of sellers of wild

ILV (N205.34±95.84) were significantly higher (Z= 4.8) than for sellers of domesticated ILV

(N175.96±75.89). In the urban markets, profit margins of sellers of domesticated ILV

(N231.10±62.50) were significantly higher than for sellers of wild ILV (N 207.64±138.09).

There was a high level of sales and consumption of indigenous leafy vegetable species in the

study area. Domestication and commercialisation of Gnetum africanum will enhance the

economic well-being of the respondents because of its high preference and market values.

Keywords: Indigenous leafy vegetables, Vegetable consumption, Gnetum africanum

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AJU, P (2021). Valuation Of The Consumptive And Productive Uses Of Wild And Domesticated Indigenous Leafy Vegetables In Southeastern Nigeria. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/valuation-of-the-consumptive-and-productive-uses-of-wild-and-domesticated-indigenous-leafy-vegetables-in-southeastern-nigeria-2

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AJU, PAULINUS "Valuation Of The Consumptive And Productive Uses Of Wild And Domesticated Indigenous Leafy Vegetables In Southeastern Nigeria" Afribary. Afribary, 12 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/valuation-of-the-consumptive-and-productive-uses-of-wild-and-domesticated-indigenous-leafy-vegetables-in-southeastern-nigeria-2. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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AJU, PAULINUS . "Valuation Of The Consumptive And Productive Uses Of Wild And Domesticated Indigenous Leafy Vegetables In Southeastern Nigeria". Afribary, Afribary, 12 Apr. 2021. Web. 25 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/valuation-of-the-consumptive-and-productive-uses-of-wild-and-domesticated-indigenous-leafy-vegetables-in-southeastern-nigeria-2 >.

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AJU, PAULINUS . "Valuation Of The Consumptive And Productive Uses Of Wild And Domesticated Indigenous Leafy Vegetables In Southeastern Nigeria" Afribary (2021). Accessed July 25, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/valuation-of-the-consumptive-and-productive-uses-of-wild-and-domesticated-indigenous-leafy-vegetables-in-southeastern-nigeria-2