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Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science:Vol.6 (8), pp. 208 -211, August 2018
ISSN 2354-4147

Farmers Perception of Soil Fertility Status in Different Land use and Management Practices in Daudawa, Southern Katsina State, Nigeria
Article Number: DRJA5026138903
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26765/DRJAFS.2018.8903

Original Research Article


Lawal Abdulrashid* and Yahaya Zayyana Ibrahim


Department of Geography, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, P.M.B. 2218, Katsina, Nigeria.

*Corresponding Author E-mail: lawal.abdulrashid@umyu.edu.ng


date Received: June 15, 2018     date Accepted: July 20, 2018     date Published: July 31, 2018

Abstract

Food security in developing countries is largely depended on land productivity, which is controlled and managed by smallholder farmers who face multiple challenges in maintaining soil fertility in their farms. The aim of this study were to assess the effect of different land use and management practices on soil fertility base on the perspectives of the local farmers and to compare their views with the scientific assessment of the soil in the four land use practices. The result indicated that majority of the farmers believed that forest reserve is the most fertile followed by orchard, grazing land and cultivated land respectively. Soil analysis result shows similar pattern of fertility status as identified by the local farmers in the four land use practices. It is recommended that any soil management practices to be introduced for the farmers must be environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially acceptable.


Keywords: Soil fertility, perception, land use, management practices