Views of Hair Goat Breeders Concerning the Relationship between Nomadic Livestock and Forestry: An Example from the Turkey

Document Type: Original Research Paper

Authors

1 Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey

2 Korkuteli Forest Diroctarate, Korkuteli, Antalya, Turkey

Abstract

The obstacles towards this pursuit not only negatively affect the views and perceptions of the forest villagers about forest resources but also, from time to time, causes Turkey, which has the appropriate environment in terms of livestock, to become one of the countries that import meat. In this study, the perception and views of hair goat breeders about forestry & livestock breeding relations and how to develop these two sectors are investigated. Within the framework of this study, a survey including 121 hair goat breeders was conducted. According to the result of the study, it is found that; (1) Hair goat breeding has undergone a regression when compared with the past. Low output prices of meat and milk, contrary to high prices of feed and other input cost and negative forestry & livestock breeding relations, are the most important reasons of this regression. (2) The highest expectation of the respondents from the forests is related to livestock breeding. Thus, limitations towards goat grazing in the forests negatively affect local views and perceptions of forests.

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