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Direct Research Journals
Vol.2 (1), pp.8-12,January 2014
ISSN: 2354-4147

Effects of land degradation on maize-based farm resource productivity in Oyo state, Nigeria. (Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science (DRJAFS) Vol.2 (1), pp.8-12,January 2014)
Article Number: DRJA17088762
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Original Research Article


EGBETOKUN*, O.A.1, OMONONA B.T.2 and A.S. ADEDEJI2


1Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Obafemi Awolowo,Moor Plantation,P.M.B 5029,Ibadan, Oyo State,
Nigeria.
2Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.


date Received: November 7, 2013     date Accepted: December 7, 2013     date Published: January 30, 2014

Abstract

The physical impact of land degradation is reflected in irreversible loss of productive land through erosion; declining soil fertility resulting in reduced crop production; and deforestation resulting in decreased supply of wood. Indirect effects include an increased need for fertilizer and food imports, and weakening of food security since per capital food production has steadily declined over the past few decades.


Key words: Degradation, maize-based farms, Oyo state,productivity and resource.