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ISSN : 2456-8643

Title:
FORESTRY INFORMATION NEEDS OF NON TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS GATHERERS IN GAMBARI FOREST ENVIRONMENT, OYO STATE NIGERIA

Authors:
Adeoye A.S., Abegunrin O.O., Oke O.O, Ogunwale O.G. and Jatto K.A. ,Nigeria

Abstract:
The Non-Timber Forest Products play an important role in livelihoods sustainability of dwellers around forest environment. Therefore, information needs arise due to dearth of information on practices in the NTFPs sector. The NTFPs gatherers’ commitment to information seeking however will facilitate sustainable utilization of non-timber resources of the forest. This study was carried out in Gambari forest environment, Oyo State to examine forestry information needs of non-timber forest products gatherers. Purposive sampling procedure and proportionate sample to size was used to select 93 NTFPs gatherers. The data for the study were analyzed with both descriptive and inferential analytical tools. The findings of the study showed male (58.4%) dominant in NTFPs utilization and in seeking for information about practices in the sector, and 60.2% of the respondents has level of education significant enough to seek for useful information pertinent to their operations. The result further revealed significant correlation between gatherers’ access to information sources and there information needs (r=0.643, p<0.05). In conclusion, the findings showed that most gatherers seek for various forms of information which may not be adequate for information needs. It is recommended that government should allocate more forest extension agents and forest guards to help provide and disseminate adequate information needed among the NTFPs gatherers’ operations in the Gambari forest environment

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