keywords: : Assessment, Economic viability, Fruit, Tamarindus indica, Wood
The study examined the economic viability of Tamarinus indica in Kware local government area of Sokoto state. The use of interview schedule was adopted and questionnaires were administered. Twelve (12) villages were purposively selected from five (5) districts in the study area. Simple random sample was use to select ten (10) respondents from each village given a total sample size of 120 respondents. The primary data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistic (Tables, frequencies and percentages). The results of the study indicated that average age of the respondents were between 36-45 years with 47.5% and approximately 90.83% are men, majority were farmers (74.17%) while 12.5% are business men. 64.17% obtained Qur’anic education and the results also shows that 77.5% of the respondents considered Tamarind fruit as a sources of food. It serve as source of income to the people while about 60.33% of the respondents selling tamarind fruit, 95% of the respondents sources Tamarind in the market about 43.33% and received monthly income of ₦5000-10,000. The major problem faced by the respondents in the study area is lack of storage facilities and transportation among others. The study recommended that regeneration of T. indica through afforestation, reforestation, and social forestry should be emphasized in order to improve social and economic development.