Production of Acacia auriculiformis A. Cunn. ex Benth. for reforestation in southern Benin

  • Augustin K. N. Aoudji School of Economics, Socio-Anthropology and Communication for the rural development, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, 03 BP 2819 Cotonou, Benin
  • Caroline Séhouéto School of Economics, Socio-Anthropology and Communication for the rural development, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, 03 BP 2819 Cotonou, Benin
  • Anselme Adégbidi School of Economics, Socio-Anthropology and Communication for the rural development, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, 03 BP 2819 Cotonou, Benin
  • Rodrigue S. Kaki School of Economics, Socio-Anthropology and Communication for the rural development, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, 03 BP 2819 Cotonou, Benin
  • Jean C. Ganglo School of Environmental Management, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, 03 BP 2819 Cotonou, Benin
Keywords: Nursery, Acacia auriculiformis, techniques, production cost, revenue

Abstract

The viability of Acacia auriculiformis production system in southern Benin was studied from an analytical perspective combining the production techniques and the financial profitability. The driving research question was as follows: "Will the nurseries be able to supply the seedlings suited to successful reforestation programmes?" A survey was carried out among nursery holders in the Atlantique Department. The snowball sampling method enabled to survey 55 nursery holders, based on semi-structured interviews. Respondents provided data on the organisation of production, production techniques, production costs, and sales revenues. There were two types of nurseries: individual nurseries and collective nurseries. The stages of acacia seedlings production were as follows: seed collection, dormancy breaking, sowing, and cares for young seedlings. Overall, the production techniques used by nursery holders were effective. The net revenue for 1000 seedlings ranged between XOF 9000 and 26000. Collective nurseries had lower production costs, hence higher revenues, compared to individual nurseries. It is essential to support nursery holders through capacity strengthening training and the availability of good quality seeds.

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2017-12-30
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