A T Oladele, A A Aiyeloja, Q Aguma, L O Ehisumhen


This study evaluated the collection and trade of Irvingia gabonensis fruits in Igueben Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State, Nigeria. Two multi-stage random sampling was employed in the data collection.  The first stage was five communities which were randomly selected from the Igueben LGA namely; Ewossa, Igueben, Ebelle, Ekpon and Ebhokhinmi. The second stage was the selection of 30 marketers of Irvingia gabonensis which were randomly selected in each of the selected communities. A total of 150 structured questionnaires were completed for analysis. Net Profit (NP) was used to evaluate the profit level of fruit collectors and marketers of I. gabonensis. Return on Investment (ROI) in processing and marketing of I. gabonensis was calculated to determine the rate at which money invested on the enterprise could be realized. The result revealed the Profit Margin (PM) of kernels (processed seed) in Ewokhimi as (N5,199), Ewossa (N4,602), Ekpon (N6,433), Ebelle (N4,993) and Igueben (N3,210) respectively. ROI computed was highest in Ekpon with (224.38%) and least in Igueben with (72.30%). It is concluded that I. gabonensis kernels trade has potentials to reduce poverty through creation of employment and generation of income for both rural and urban traders of the kernels. Incorporation of I. gabonensis into modern agroforestry development in farmlands is crucial for sustainable supply

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