SOCIOECONOMIC LOCAL COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATED WITH FOREST PRODUCT BAMBOO AND RATTAN IN KELAWAT KOTA BELUD SABAH

Wan Rafiekal Wan AbdulRahim

Abstract

A study on the socioeconomic local communities associated with bamboo and rattan in Kelawat Kota Belud to identify the importance of bamboo and rattan to the community’s socioeconomy. This study was conducted to determine the use of bamboo and rattan in the lives of villagers and also the advantage of using these products. Respondents surveyed were residents of four villages in Kelawat, Kota Belud which is Ponopuan Village, Kelawat Village, Sumbilingon Village and Pangi Village. Data was collected by a questionnaire survey and interviews with respondents. From the research, a total of 102 respondents surveyed are involved in the use of bamboo and rattan. A total of 33 (32.4%) of them use bamboo and rattan as a source of their income or socioeconomy while 69 (67.6%) others used bamboo and rattan for their own consumption. A total of 73 villagers agreed and strongly agreed that bamboo and rattan help in improving their socioeconomy. Bamboo and rattan are mainly used for handicrafts, followed by the manufacturing furniture and house construction, as well as source of food and other uses, for example musical instruments. Percentage of average total income of bamboo and rattan sales of the total income per month was 31.85%. Bamboo and rattan help in improving the socioeconomy of local communities.

 

Keywords: socioeconomic, communities, consumption, source, forest products, income

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