EVALUATION OF SOIL FERTILITY OF SMALL SCALE FARMERS’ FIELDS IN IJUMU AREA SOUTHERN GUINEA SAVANNAH REGION, KOGI STATE, NIGERIA

Temitope Babalola 7 PAGES (4522 WORDS) Article
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This study evaluates the fertility of small scale farmers’ field in Ijumu Area of Kogi State. The area lies within the Southern 

Guinea Savannah zone of Nigeria. The study area is having three districts; Ijumu Oke, Ijumu Arin and Gbedde. 60 farmers 

were identified through the Agricultural Development Agency and questionnaires were administered to them to identify soil 

management practices and problems among the farmers. Soil samples were collected from three farmers’ field, one farmer 

field per district. The questionnaires were collated and analyzed using percentage while fertility evaluation was done using the 

Fertility Capability Classification system version 4. Results obtained, revealed that mixed Cropping (88.33%), continuous 

Cropping (80%), use of Mulching (90%) are common among farmers in the area. 85% of the respondents do not carry out soil 

testing. Problems such as reduction in crop yield (75%), depletion of soil nutrients (85%), sloppiness of farm land (40%) and

erosion (28.33%) were identified by farmers in the area. The majority of the farmers use basic implements/ manual labour 

(86.67%) for land cultivation. They do not use organic manure (85%) and do not plant legumes for soil fertility maintenance 

(68.33%). The Fertility Capability Classification revealed that Ijumu Oke soil could be classified as Lca, Ijumu Arin; LLak 

and Gbede; CCaSC which indicates that the capability of the soils of the study area to produce at the three locations is 

conditioned by texture of the soil surface and subsoil, acidity and aluminum toxicity. It is concluded that there is need for 

improvement on soil management practices in other to sustain the productivity of soils of study area.


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APA

Temitope, B (2019). EVALUATION OF SOIL FERTILITY OF SMALL SCALE FARMERS’ FIELDS IN IJUMU AREA SOUTHERN GUINEA SAVANNAH REGION, KOGI STATE, NIGERIA. Afribary.com: Retrieved October 20, 2019, from https://afribary.com/works/12-babalola-et-al

MLA 8th

Babalola, Temitope. "EVALUATION OF SOIL FERTILITY OF SMALL SCALE FARMERS’ FIELDS IN IJUMU AREA SOUTHERN GUINEA SAVANNAH REGION, KOGI STATE, NIGERIA" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 27 Jun. 2019, https://afribary.com/works/12-babalola-et-al . Accessed 20 Oct. 2019.

MLA7

Babalola, Temitope. "EVALUATION OF SOIL FERTILITY OF SMALL SCALE FARMERS’ FIELDS IN IJUMU AREA SOUTHERN GUINEA SAVANNAH REGION, KOGI STATE, NIGERIA". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 27 Jun. 2019. Web. 20 Oct. 2019. < https://afribary.com/works/12-babalola-et-al >.

Chicago

Babalola, Temitope. "EVALUATION OF SOIL FERTILITY OF SMALL SCALE FARMERS’ FIELDS IN IJUMU AREA SOUTHERN GUINEA SAVANNAH REGION, KOGI STATE, NIGERIA" Afribary.com (2019). Accessed October 20, 2019. https://afribary.com/works/12-babalola-et-al