African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6863

Full Length Research Paper

Livestock herders’ perception on the causes and effects of Senna obtusifolia L. invasion in rangelands of Northern Ethiopia

Gebrekiros Maru Gebreyesus
  • Gebrekiros Maru Gebreyesus
  • Tigray Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Humera Agricultural Research Center (HuARC), P. O. Box 492, Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 07 June 2017
  •  Accepted: 11 September 2017
  •  Published: 19 October 2017


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