EFFECTS OF AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF WESTERN HARTEBEEST (Alcelaphus buselaphus) IN OLD OYO NATIONAL PARK, NIGERIA
Akinyemi, A. F. and Kayode, I. B.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
This study on the effect of agricultural practices on the distribution of Western Hartebeest was carried out in Old Oyo National Park, using Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA), Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) methods and structured questionnaire to collect information. Animal census survey was also carried out in the park using line transect method to determine the distribution pattern of Western Hartebeest in Sites 'A' the core zones of the park without human activities, and site 'B' the park with human and agricultural activities. T distribution paired test, ANOVA and percentages were used for statistical analyses. The result revealed that there is no significant difference in the purposes of using fire but significantly differs in the distribution of Western Hartebeest in both sites. Therefore, conservation education and modern techniques of agriculture such as planting of hybrids with high yield quality, pest and disease resistance should be introduced to the farmers.