Assessment of Wood Species of High Demand in Selected Timber Market in Ibadan
Wood has always played a major role as raw material for wood based industries which make use of different species for specific kind of task to be performed, thereby making a particular wood specie more required (demanded) than others. Hence this study investigated the wood species that are highly demanded in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria. The study was carried out in four main timber markets: Omowumi, Akanran, Adegbayi, and Oke-Bola in Ibadan North-East local government, Ona-Ara local government, Egbeda local government and Ibadan South West local government respectively in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, Nigeria. Data was collected with structured questionnaire and interview. 160 questionnaires were purposefully administered in the four local governments and all were retrieved. Data collected was analyzed with the aid of descriptive statistical tools. Results revealed the following wood species as highly demanded in the order of preference: Terminalia superba (Afara) (26.25%), Tectona grandis (Teak) (17.50%), Milicia excels (Iroko) (15%), Mansonia altissima (12.5%), Gmelina arborea (11.25%), Cordia millieni (Omo) (7.50%), Ceiba petendra (Araba) (6.25%) and Nuclea diderenchii (Opepe) (3.75%). Factors influencing the increase in the demand of these wood species were also identified which include: durability, price, hardness, colour and lustre. Hardness, price and durability are the most influencing factors considered by the respondents.
Wood Species, Influencing Factor, Demand, Plank Seller, Assessment, Ibadan
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