Sokoine University of Agriculture

Socio-economic impact of ox skidding project to the surrounding villages of Mount Meru forest plantations, Northern Tanzania

Show simple item record Abeli, W. S. Maximillian, J. R. Kweka, A. E. Shemwetta, D. T. K. 2016-12-20T14:53:49Z 2016-12-20T14:53:49Z 2012-05-09
dc.identifier.issn 1029-5925
dc.description Southern African Forestry Journal, 198:1, 45-51 en_US
dc.description.abstract The ox skidding project was initiated with the objective ofusing oxen for transporting logs from the stump sites to the landings. Itwas supposed to be a participatory research project aimed at integrating scientific knowledge with practical skills and resource base ofthe local farmers. Specifically the main objective of the project was to encourage local farmers (villagers) to use their animals to skid logs in the surrounding forest plantations in order to improve their incomes and create employment opportunities to the surrounding communities especially the youth. A socio-economic survey was carried out after 6 years to assess the impact ofthe project to the oxowners who have been participatingin the project, the oxhandlers, the surrounding villages and the forest plantations. Data was collected through administering semistructured questionnaires to ox owners, village leaders, ox handlers and the management of the forest plantations. Results indicate that the ox skidding project has been a reliable andvaluable source ofincome besides offering employment to young people with only limited education. The project has improved the household income, life style and standard ofliving ofsome farmers and above all, changed the local peoples' attitudes towards the importance of the surrounding forest resources. Most of the local people feel that they are now part of the surrounding forests as they participate to some extent in the management and protection ofthese forest resources. The project has in addition created awareness among the community that oxen can also be used in forest operations besides undertaking agricultural activities. The project found that given the operating conditions of the skidding tractors in this area, ox skidding was more reliable and more cost effective than the tractor skidding system. Through this project, it has been possible to improve the workingrelationships between the surroundlngvillagesandforest plantations management. The projecthas also led to some ofthe surroundingvillages establishing village environmental committees, which work very closely with forest plantation management. The sustainability of the ox skidding system introduced in this area is likely to continue since farmers surrounding these plantations keep cattle and there are not many alternative job opportunities for the young people. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Southern African Forestry Journal en_US
dc.subject Ox skidding logging system en_US
dc.subject Ox handlers en_US
dc.subject Ox owners en_US
dc.subject Environmentally sound harvesting system en_US
dc.subject Tractor skidding system en_US
dc.title Socio-economic impact of ox skidding project to the surrounding villages of Mount Meru forest plantations, Northern Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url en_US

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