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Analysis of tree species, preferences by farmers in Albertine rift, Uganda

Department of Environmental Management, Makerere University, P. O. BOX 7062, Kampala Uganda
School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University, P. O. BOX 7062, Kampala Uganda
Environ. Earth Ecol. 2020;4(1):7–14
Trees provide ecosystem services such as climate regulation, soil fertility preservation and carbon sequestration (Salmond et al., 2014). They also contribute 8.7% to the Uganda’s national economy (Adata 2016). Due to the important roles trees play, there have been several efforts to plant trees in Uganda by several stakeholders. However, the rate of tree planting has remained low perhaps due to coercing farmers to plant the tree species against their preference. In this study, the tree species’ preferences of farmers in Albertine rift are discussed. Key informant interviews (KIIs) and focus group interviews (FGDs) were conducted and semi-structured questionnaires used in the household survey. A sample of 218 households was selected purposively to include both tree farmers and non-tree farmers in Kiryanga Sub County (SC). The descriptive summaries and content analysis were used in data analysis. Results indicate that eucalyptus, pine and fruit trees were most preferred. Farmers have different tree species’ preferences due to the benefits obtained from them. Provision of the suitable tree species’ seedlings will highly incentivize and enhance tree planting in Uganda.
Charles Lwanga Tumuhe   
Makerere University
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