Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

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The efficacy of Elephantorrhiza elephantina in the ethno-veterinary medicine for gastrointestinal parasites on goats: A review


1Thobela Louis Tyasi and 2Akhona Lucy Tyasi



Abstract

 

Accepted 21st April, 2015

 

The main objective of this review was to find out how much has been done to validate the efficacy of Elephantorrhiza elephantina in the ethno-veterinary medicine for gastrointestinal parasites on goats. Gastrointestinal parasites reduce goat’s production and most of the communal farmers cannot afford buying the commercial drugs to reduce worm burden on goats. This result the communal farmer to use ethno-veterinary remedies like E. elephantina to control gastrointestinal parasites that reduce goats’ productivity, but E. elephantina effectiveness is not well known by farmers for gastrointestinal parasites. The hypothesis of this review was that the use E. elephantina in the ethno-veterinary medicine is not effective for gastrointestinal parasites on goats. This review assists to maintain the local knowledge of E. elephanina on controlling gastrointestinal parasites on goats.

 

Keywords: Ethno-veterinary medicine, goats, gastrointestinal parasites, Elephantorrhiza elephantina