An Assessment on the Economic Benefit of Cactus Crop in the Case of Ganta Afeshum District, Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia
American Journal of Environmental Protection
Volume 4, Issue 5, October 2015, Pages: 202-206
Received: Aug. 13, 2015; Accepted: Aug. 22, 2015; Published: Sep. 3, 2015
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Fikre Belay, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, College of Social Science and Humanities, Adigrat University, Adigrat, Ethiopia
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Cactus is a plant with very thick and fleshy stems. It is often covered with prickles and it usually grows in desert and semi desert area of the world. Cactus has different benefit such as source of food, medicine, chemical and income. Therefore, the objective of this research was carried out to assess the economic benefit of cactus as potential source of food for both human and animal in Ganta Afeshum District, Eastern Tigray region of Ethiopia. For this study, questionnaires, structured interviews, field observations and documentary analysis were applied to collect the necessary information from farm households and concerned bodies. Probability and non - probability sampling methods were used in this study. The sample is selected using simple random sampling from the entire target of population (1230, which is 135(11%). Both quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis were used to describe the findings. Tables, charts and percentage were used in summarizing the quantitative data. The survey result shows that in the study area out of the total area of the District, 1607.05 hectare of the land is covered by cactus crop. Even though the area is characterized by a potential on cactus crop but the farmers used cactus crop only as diet for human being and as forage for animals particularly for cattle.
Keywords
Cactus, Economic, Social, Benefit
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Fikre Belay, An Assessment on the Economic Benefit of Cactus Crop in the Case of Ganta Afeshum District, Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia, American Journal of Environmental Protection. Vol. 4, No. 5, 2015, pp. 202-206. doi: 10.11648/j.ajep.20150405.11
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