Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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Agricultural Land Revitalization/Management Practices Against Climate Change Menace in Land Degraded Areas of South-East, Nigeria. Nnadi, F.N., Chikaire, J.U., and Ani, A.O.
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Last modified: 2016-01-04

Abstract


The physical damages to land and soil through land degradation in the South East portend the greatest threats to the lives and properties of the citizens that living a normal life is seen as a war to survive natural land disasters. The study was carried out to assess causes of land degradation, land revitalization and management practices against the menace of climate change in Southeast, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling technique was used in selecting a total of 180 respondents in the study area. Well structured questionnaire was used to elicit information from the respondents. Description statistical tools such as percentages and mean presented in tabular forms were used to analyze data collected.  The study revealed that the major causes of land degradation were flooding (96.6%), erosion (97.7%), heavy rainfall (91.6%) among others. To revitalize/manage land in the study area, the respondents practiced land rotation (fallow), crop diversification, cover cropping, agro-forestry, crop rotation, regular weeding and others. Again, the study revealed that the challenges farmers face in land revitalization  included  high cost of labour, low produce price,  land tenure and fragmentation problems among others. It was recommended that government should provide the respondents with soft-loan without interest, and reform the agrarian law of the land to give farmers more access to land.

Keywords:  Land, climate change, degradation, erosion, rainfall, revitalization, management