Socio Economic Assessment of Urban Forestry Respondents’ income in Okiti Pupa, Ondo State, Nigeria|
FALEYIMU, O.I. & AKINYEMI, M.
The paper investigates the socio economic assessment of urban forestry
respondents’ income in Okitipupa, Nigeria. Data were collected using structured questionnaires
and these were administered to 200 urban forestry respondents. Data were collected on
socioeconomic characteristics viz: age, gender, marital status, educational status, credit access
and other household variables. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and multiple
regression models. Results revealed that the average age of the respondent was estimated to be
47 years. Majority of respondents (56.40%) falls within the ages of 31-40, while those whose
ages were above 60years were 06.98%. Multiple Regression Model revealed that age,
education, experience, gender and farm size have significant relationship (p<0.01) with income
of respondents. Higher income would significantly lead to larger amount of donation for urban
forestry programme. In order to encourage the respondents, the government should create
enabling environment and publicized the importance of forest in urban settlement. Education
should be made available to the urban dwellers at the grass root level.
Income; urban forest; education; age