Utilization of Non -timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Sheikan Locality, North Kordofan State, Sudan

Mahasin A. Elabass

Abstract


The objective of this study was to investigate the utilization of
non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in the semi-arid areas of Sheikan
Locality in North Kordofan State. Data were collected using a social
survey from the households as the main respondents. A multistage
stratified random selection sampling technique was used. Statistical
Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used and summary
information of the socio-economic characteristics obtained in form of
frequencies, percentage distributions and cross-tabulation was generated
to analyze and summarize the data. The results showed that the utilization
of the NTFPs prevailing in the study area varied with the variation in the
types mostly extracted and dealt with by the household members. There
was also variation according to the part of the products used and the main
uses of these products. For the majority of the NTFPs understudy the fruit
was the main part that most of the respondents used, and the main uses of most of the studied NTFPs in these semi-arid areas appeared to be
confined mainly in food, drink, fuel and medicine beside forage, cosmetic
and some home industries as well as other different services provided by
trees and forests such as shade, recreation and site for children play. Of
particular importance is the use of these NTFPs as food during times of
scarcity and famine as Sheikan locality lies in a semi-arid area
experiencing recurrent drought and food shortages.

Keywords


Non-timber forest products (NTFPs); utilization; household; semi-arid areas; scarcity

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