Potential of non-timber forest products in contribution on rural livelihood
Jit Narayan Sah, Uday Kumar Singh and Rajan Kumar Sah
Introduction: Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) are rich sources of forest and contribute of rural livelihoods in fulfilling their subsistence needs and household level income. This research explores the present status of potential NTFPs, influential factor for their collection with contribution for upliftment of rural livelihood.
Methods: The inventory method for bio-physical data and social data for livelihood was used using simple random sampling method.
Result: Seventy-three plant species were recorded with most dominant species at 3000-3300m altitude (6923/hectare). Female, illiterate, poor people, aged (>30 years) and people having land holding below five ropani are the main influential socio- demographic and economic factors to collect NTFPs in the study area. Local people have alike opinions about the resource condition of NTFPs.
Conclusion: NTFPs plays a significant role for the subsistence of livelihood of local people. The research will be the fruitful to concerned stakeholders to uplift rural livelihood and enhance entrepreneurship towards NTFPs promotion at local level.