African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 773

Full Length Research Paper

Ethno-botanical survey of the non-timber forest products in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria

O. M. Agbogidi
Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Faculty of Agriculture, Delta State University, Asaba Campus, Asaba, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 March 2010
  •  Published: 30 June 2010

Abstract

 

An ethno-botanical survey of the non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria was carried out in 2008 with a view to determining the usefulness of the resources to farmers in peasant subsistence. A total of 150 useful species of both plant and animal origins was recorded as having various applications in the lives of the rural dwellers in the area. The result showed that NTFPs in Sapele LGA of Delta State has varying use categories as medicine (76), food (41), local construction (20), and crafts (8) as well as other uses (5) including, income generation socio-cultural and environmental values. The study has also demonstrated that, the people in the area collect these resources daily and many regard in selling them as a means of earning a living.

 

Key words:  Non-timber forest products, ethno-botany, peasant subsistence.