Assessment of Awareness Level of Nutritional and Medicinal Benefits of Moringa Oleifera Plant among Farmers in South West Nigeria

Assist. Ajayi, Francis Oluwadamilare1, Okunlola, J.O2, Akinnagbe, O.M3

 DOI : https://dx.doi.org/10.18535/rajar/v3i8.03

ABSTRACT: TThe study assessed the awareness level of nutritional and medicinal benefits of moringa plant among farmers in south west Nigeria. Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states were purposively selected among the six states in South West Nigeria based on the predominance of tree crop farming. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to select three hundred and twelve (312) respondents while interview schedule was used to collect data from the respondents. The results of thestudyrevealed that respondents recorded high level of awareness (72.8%) of the various nutritional value of the plant and medicinal values of Moringa oleifera leaf (75.6%), seed (60.3%), and flower (61.5%). Also, they were highly aware of the use of moringa plant as growth enhancer (92.9%), forage plant for livestock (82.1%) and in agroforestry (89.7%) The study therefore recommends the need for agricultural extension service to develop an impact point on the use of Moringa oleifera to enhance dissemination of information, most especially on the technology of moringa oil extraction, disease prevention and curation.