Balanites aegyptiaca: A Multipurpose Tree Species for Forest Based Industry Development in Sudan
Hanadi Mohamed Shawgi Gamal1, Majdaldin Rahamtallah Abualgasim Mohammed2
1University of Khartoum, Fac. of Forestry; Forest Products and Industries, Sudan
Sudan is endowed by a great diversity of tree species, nevertheless the utilisation of wood resources has traditionally concentrated to a few number of species. Most of the indigenous hardwood tree species in Sudan are used as charcoal, firewood and fuel wood due to the lack of information about their properties. Despite the richness of Sudan of most of the basic factors required to establish forest based industries, it still almost entirely depend on imports to satisfy its needs for industrial products such as pulp, paper, and fiberboard. There is an urgent need to evaluate the available local raw materials as potential sources for forest based industries. This would not only reduce imports, but it would also provide an economic incentive to the forestry and industrial sectors of Sudan.
Keywords: Balanites aegyptiaca, development, forests based industries, Sudan
Contact Address: Hanadi Mohamed Shawgi Gamal, University of Khartoum, Fac. of Forestry; Forest Products and Industries, Alemarat Street 61, Khartoum, Sudan, e-mail: hanadishawgi1979yahoo.com