Socio-Economic Importance and Livelihood Utilization of Bamboo (Bambusa vulgris) in Imo State Southeast Nigeria
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 4, Issue 3-1, May 2015, Pages: 81-85
Received: Feb. 25, 2015; Accepted: Feb. 25, 2015; Published: May 19, 2015
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Nwaihu E. C., Department of Forestry and Wildlife Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria
Egbuche C. T., Department of Forestry and Wildlife Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria
Onuoha G. N., Department of chemistry, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria
Ibe A. E., Department of Forestry and Wildlife Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria
Umeojiakor A. O., Department of Forestry and Wildlife Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria
Chukwu A. O., Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria
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Abstract
The study was conducted in the three Local Government Areas of Mbaise; namely Aboh, Ahiazu and Ezinihitte to assess the socio-economic importance of Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) in Mbaise. Respondents for the study were selected from the three Local Government Areas, and each of Local Government produced three Communities to give a total of Nine Communities to give a total of one hundred and eighty (180) respondents. The entire selection was by random and purposive sampling technique. The objectives of the study were to; determine the various uses of bamboo and to ascertain the contribution of bamboo in the present dispensation to the socio-economic well being of the people in the study area. The data were collected using questionnaire, oral interview schedule and field visits. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as percentages, frequency distribution table and return on investment (ROI). The result showed that majority (78%) of the respondents were male, 58% were between the age of 41-50 years, 76% were married, 38% had FSLC education. The result further revealed that 130 of the respondents use bamboo for staking of yams, 164 for erosion control, 168 for watershed while 68 indicated using it for building construction. Equally, 68 stated using it to confer aesthetic beauty on structures, 148 uses it for thatching/fencing and barn construction while an insignificant number (26) use it to construct platform, for goats. The result further revealed that 73% of the respondents are owners as well as dealers, 29% are middlemen dealers (Major) while 7% are middlemen dealers (Minor). Analysis done on return on investment indicated that dealers on bamboo made 92k, 82k and 76k profit for every naira invested in the business of supply for building, staking of yams and fencing barn construction and thatching respectively. From the foregoing, bamboo contributes in no small measure to employment and income generation in the study area.
Keywords
Socio-Economic, Bambusa vulgris Importance, Livelihood, Imo State Nigeria
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Nwaihu E. C., Egbuche C. T., Onuoha G. N., Ibe A. E., Umeojiakor A. O., Chukwu A. O., Socio-Economic Importance and Livelihood Utilization of Bamboo (Bambusa vulgris) in Imo State Southeast Nigeria, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Special Issue: Environment and Applied Science Management in a Changing Global Climate. Vol. 4, No. 3-1, 2015, pp. 81-85. doi: 10.11648/j.aff.s.2015040301.24
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