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Table 2 Farmers' reasons for considering enset as an important crop in their livelihood and agricultural systems

From: Indigenous knowledge, use and on-farm management of enset (Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman) diversity in Wolaita, Southern Ethiopia

Reasons Importance
Socio-cultural significance as status symbol Very important
High household material culture benefits Very important
Flexibility in farming systems as an intercrop with annual and perennial crops Very important
Drought tolerance Very important
Suitability for preparation of staple and high social values dishes Very important
Storability of enset products for long periods Very important
Possibility of harvesting at any time of the year Very important
Use for integration of crop-livestock system Very important
Use for production of high quality fiber Very important
Use as water source from pseudostem Important
Use as firewood source mainly from dried plant parts Important
Generating income from sales of propagules, processed food products and fiber Important
Medicinal purposes for humans and livestock (e.g. abortifacient, use for placenta delivery) Important