Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Marketing of fuelwood in Sokoto North Local Government Area, Sokoto State


Abdullahi Aisha Senchi, Mary Oluwamayowa Ayankanmi, Maryam Ibrahim,  Abubakar Gwaram Bello

Recieved Date: 2019-10-14, Accepted Date: 2019-12-10


This research analyzed the marketing of fuelwood in Sokoto North Local Government Area of Sokoto State. Structured questionnaire was used and administered to 120 purposively selected fuelwood marketers, and data collected were on socio-economic characteristics of the respondents, marketing channels and profitability of fuelwood business in the study area. Descriptive statistics and cost benefit analysis were used to analyze the data. Of the respondents 93.3% were male and 36.7% were between the ages of 31 and 40 years, 61.7% had quranic education, 30.8% had a family size of 11-15 and 60% of them had fuelwood marketing as their primary occupation.  Of the respondents 53.3% obtained their fuelwood from the wholesalers, 71.7% financed their business and 59.2% of them used truck to transport fuelwood to the outlets. Lack of capital, inadequate supply and problem of transportation were the major problems militating against fuelwood business in the study area. Of the respondents 27.5% had a daily income of ₦ 2,001- 3,000, from the sales of fuelwood. The fuelwood marketers had total annual sales revenue of ₦1,561,844.67, they also had an annual average transportation cost of ₦ 748,533.33, annual average labour cost of ₦159,665.12 and an annual average cost of ₦13,578.95, on rent. However, from this research the fuelwood marketers had an annual gross profit margin of ₦ 640,067.27 and an annual gross margin of 41% on the  sales of fuelwood. It was therefore concluded from this study that fuelwood business is a profitable venture in the study area. For the successful and continuous supply of fuelwood on a sustained basis, there is need for afforestation, artificial regeneration of fuel tree species in the reserved forest areas that were exploited, or development of woodlots, community forest and plantation


Fuelwood, regeneration, marketing, channels, profitability

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2020
Volume: 18
Issue: 1
Category: Environment
Pages: 58-64

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