Research Article | Volume: 3, Issue: 5, May, 2013

Role of Non Timber Forest Products in the Livelihood of Malayali tribe of Chitteri hills of Southern Eastern Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India

R. Prabakaran T. Senthil Kumar and M.V. Rao   

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Published:  May 30, 2013

DOI: 10.7324/JAPS.2013.3511
Abstract

The forest of Chitteri hills, Southern Eastern Ghats support rich diversity of timber as well as non timber yielding species. Malayali tribes living close to forest are depend on the forest products possesses imperative part of the traditional life style in Chitteri hills. Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) such as wild edible fruits, vegetables, fuel wood, fodder plants, house construction materials, household uses, agricultural implements and medicinal plants are mostly collected from natural habitats. Economically important 80 species and 216 medicinal species have been recorded by the Malayali tribes. The importance of NTFP collection by tribal community has shown decreasing trend due to exotic cultural invading in the study region.


Keyword:     Chitteri hills Malayali tribe Eastern Ghats NTFP Livelihood.


Citation:

R. Prabakaran, T. Senthil Kumar and M.V. Rao. Role of Non Timber Forest Products in the Livelihood of Malayali tribe of Chitteri hills of Southern Eastern Ghats Tamil Nadu, India. J App Pharm Sci, 2013; 3 (05): 056-060.

Copyright:The Author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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