Analysis of Fuelwood Consumption in Pampaida (Millenium Village) of Kaduna State, Nigeria
- Fuelwood consumption, Environmental effects, Pampaida village.
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This study examined fuelwood utilisation in Pampaida, a village in Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria. Finding of the study revealed that fuelwood is the dominant primary energy used in the area. Majority of the people (90%) preferred fuelwood because it is easily accessible, affordable to them in the area. Most of the fuelwood is obtained freely from the forest, and farmlands. In addition, results showed that the level of fuelwood consumption in the area is very high because close to two-third of the respondents use up between 1-3 bundles of fuelwood daily; and one-third of them require between 4-6 bundles/cords per day. Moreover, it was found that a large part of household expenditure goes to fuelwood. However, majority of the respondents (85%) are unaware of the environmental effects of fuelwood consumption. The study therefore recommended the need for conscious efforts in providing alternative cheap and accessible renewable energy sources for use in Pampaida.