Potentials Of Sawmill Wood Wastes Utilization As Household Energy Source In Benin City

DN Izekor, FE Osayimwen


Utilization of sawmill wood wastes as household energy source in Benin City was investigated. A multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select 10 wards within the study area. Thirty households were then selected in each ward thus making a total of 300 respondents. The result   showed that 67.2 and 14.5% of the respondents use sawmill wood wastes for cooking and for processing of farm produce respectively. It was observed in the study that 38% of the respondents household spend an average of ₦250:00 on sawmill wood wastes utilization weekly while 9.7% of them spend above ₦400.00 within the same period. Chi-square test analysis showed that household size and income level of respondents have significant impact on the quantity and amount of sawmill wood wastes utilized (p < 0.05).The marital status and sex of the respondents also have significant impact on the utilization of sawmill wood wastes (p < 0.05). Government should therefore encourage sawmill operators on the use of improved sawing techniques in order to minimise waste, thereby reducing over exploitation of the nation timber resources.

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