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On Survey of Mesquite and other Indigenous Species and their Uses along Gash River

On Survey of Mesquite and other Indigenous Species and their Uses along Gash River

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Title: On Survey of Mesquite and other Indigenous Species and their Uses along Gash River
Author: Omer Ibrahim Mohamed, Idries
Abstract: Abstract The objective of the present study is to investigate the rate and extent of Mesquite spread and study the attitude and perception of the people towards Mesquite and alternative species along Gash River. As revealed by successive aerial surveys and GPS, the rate of spread of Mesquite is continuously increasing, over time, from an average of 64 feddan per annum during the period 1969-1978 to an average of 725 (feddan per annum for the period 1978-1992 to an average of 1150 feddan per annum during 1992-1996. The aerial photographs and the GPS survey results were transformed into maps that indicate that by 1996 mesquite occupied a total area of 15500 feddans along Gash river although it was only 175 feddans in 1969. Mesquite as a tree provides a wide range of benefits to the local communities in Kassala area. The most important use of Mesquite is represented by fuelwood energy where 86% of the people along Gash river use mesquite charcoal and 64% use mesquite firewood. The use of mesquite for construction and furniture is limited to low percentage of people along Gash river and in the form of simple beds and stools. The timber of other indigenous species for construction and furniture is more preferred. The present study indicated the need for management planning and species selection that satisfy multiple objectives of forests along Gash River.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/13793
Date: 2015-06-22


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