Agricultural Studies, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Feb  2018, Pages 19-30; DOI: 10.31058/j.as.2018.21002 10.31058/j.as.2018.21002

Impact of Farmland Erosion on Agricultural Development in Rural Area

Agricultural Studies, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Feb  2018, Pages 19-30.

DOI: 10.31058/j.as.2018.21002

Abdulraheem, M.I. 1* , Onifade, A.O. 1 , Charles, E.F. 2 , Owoade, O.A 1

1 Department of Agricultural Science Education, the College of Education, Lanlate, Oyo State, Nigeria

2 Nigeria institute for Oil Palm Research, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

Received: 29 November 2017; Accepted: 12 December 2017; Published: 5 February 2018

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Abstract

Soil erosion is a major farming problem in any society, especially for the fact that food, which is chiefly grown on the soil, is the greatest human need. This study examined the impact of farmland erosion on agricultural development in Ibarapa Central Local Government Area of Oyo State. Data were collected using structural questionnaire, oral interview and personal observation. A total of 200 respondents comprising of farmers were given questionnaire to administer with the help of the researchers. Data collected were analyzed and presented in table. The study revealed that more males were involved in farming in Ibarapa Central Local Government Area. Erosion affected Alabi-illumo farmland than other farmlands. It was also revealed that erosion was wearing farm lands and roads in the study area, and caused low productivity, loss of farm product; loss of soil fertility; water pollution; and damaging of roads. Based on the finding, it was recommended that government and individuals should encourage to supports the control of erosion, transportation facilities should be improved upon; Government and individuals should search for effective and alternative means of improved agricultural development in order to curb low productivity and loss of soil fertility. Also alternative means of controlling erosion should be employed by individuals.

Keywords

Erosion, Farmland, Agriculture Development, Rural Area

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