International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.7 (2), pp. 32-40, March 2019
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Original Research Article
The impact of soil erosion on agricultural land and productivity in Efon Alaaye, Ekiti State
Adegboyega E. Rotimi
Department of Geography and Planning Science, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
Author’s Email: adeolurotimi1(at)yahoo.com
Soil erosion with its impact on people has been one of the challenges that poses a great threat to man and the socio-economic development of his environment. requires Prompt, quick and urgent attention is required to overcome and mitigate the effect of this phenomenon to achieve sustainable development. The aim of the study is to assess the impact of soil erosion on agricultural land and its productivity in Efon Local Government Area of Ekiti State with the objectives of investigating the cause and effect of soil erosion, the soil conservation practice applied and recommend possible preventive and control measures of soil erosion for agricultural land uses. Both primary and secondary data were used for the study. One hundred and twenty copies of questionnaires were administered on the respondents for the attribute data required. Efon LGA was zoned into four zones for easy administration of the work. The study reveals that soil erosion has caused disruption on the soil, roads, transport and the farmland in the study area. The study recommends that reforestation of farmland should be embarked upon immediately for more food production. Agro forestry should take care of intensive and sustainable land use practices to achieve bumper harvest. Efon Alaaye should have a comprehensive master plan, refuse disposal van, build sanitary land fill sites for proper hygiene and control to avoid any haphazard development.
Key words: Farmland, impact, productivity, soil erosion, sustainability