Evaluation of Indigenous Knowledge and Fuel Value Index of Some Selected Sudano-Sahelian Fuelwood Species in Damaturu, Yobe State of Nigeria

Evaluation of Indigenous Knowledge and Fuel Value Index of Some Selected Sudano-Sahelian Fuelwood Species in Damaturu, Yobe State of Nigeria

Fuelwood use in the sudano-sahelian region necessitates extensive tree felling, resulting in deforestation and sand dunes, as well as a lack of vegetation in the region. Furthermore, fuelwood is used not only for domestic and commercial purposes, but also for survival. However, rising demand and intensity for fuelwood has resulted in indiscriminate tree felling for energy purposes, a practise that does not appear to have the potential to meet rising demand in the future. Meanwhile, the research looked at the indigenous knowledge of fuelwood and the fuel value index (FVI) of ten sudano-sahelian fuelwood species, and the findings revealed a significant relationship between indigenous knowledge and the FVI of the ten fuelwood species. A. leiocarpus had the highest FVI of 13.56MJ/m3 percent 2, followed by 6.61 MJ/m3 percent 2 and 6.53MJ/m3 percent 2 in B. aegyptiaca and C. arereh, respectively. Lower energy fuelwood ranged from 0.11MJ/m3 percent 2 in C. lamprocarpum to 0.85MJ/m3 percent 2 in S. birrea. A. leiocarpus, C. arereh, C. molle, and B. aegyptiaca, on the other hand, were the most common and had good fuel quality. It’s likely that indigenous expertise isn’t strictly dependent on fuel properties, but rather on supply and other factors. As a result, higher-energy-value fuelwood species should be used in fuelwood plantation establishment programmes, whereas lower-energy-value fuelwood should be required for environmental conservation and improvement.

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A. M. Dadile
Forestry and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Federal University Gashua, Yobe State, Nigeria.

Dr. O. A. Sotannde
Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.

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