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Application of Agroforestry Techniques in the Management of Bamboo

Igbokwe, G. O.

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Zubairu, Y. G

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A. G. Bello

Igbokwe, G. O. 1 ,

Zubairu, Y. G 1 A. G. Bello 1 
  1. Department of Forestry and Environment, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria 1

Pages: 29-34

DOI: 10.18488/journal.70/2016.3.1/70.1.29.34

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Abstract:

This paper highlights the potential of Bamboo tree under Agroforestry management practices of the forest industry in Nigeria. Bamboo possesses a dense network of fine roots with a capacity for abundant mycorrhizal association, high rate of Nitrogen fixation, absence of toxic substances in the litter or root residues, it has the capacity to grow on poor soils as well as rapid growth rate even under competing environment. It plays a significant role in the economy by providing livelihood for the rural poor and urban dwellers thereby supporting millions of people. Its richness and diversity both as an environmental and economic species coupled with fast growing ability makes it a profitable Agroforestry tree to be studied for cultivation under the dwindling forest estate in Nigeria. 
Contribution/ Originality
This paper contributes to the existing literature on Bamboo cultivation, it aims at the important use of Agroforestry techniques in the cultivation of the species, while  highlighting the value of the techniques both in ecological and environmental protection.

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