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Academic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Research 

Vol. 3(5), pp. 96-101. May, 2015.

ISSN: 2360-7874 

 DOI: 10.14662/ARJASR2015.011

 

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Farmersí Perception on Soil Erosion Problems and Conservation Methods among Rural Farmers in Talensi-Nabdam Districts of Upper East Region of Ghana

 

Farida* Abubakari and Fariya  Abubakari

 

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Soil Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana

*Corresponding Authorís Email: uniquefarida@live.com

 

Accepted 15 March 2015

 

 
Abstract

 

This study was carried out in Upper East Region of Ghana, Talensi-Nabdam districts,to assess how farmers perceive soil erosion problems and the causes that trigger soil erosion problems, identify the existing soil conservation practices adopted by farmers on their farms and examine the socio-economic and constraints influencing farmerís perceptions to implement different soil conservation methods. Five communities were purposively selected from that district namely Belungu, Kongo, Damolgo, Zalerigu and Nangodi. A total of 100 farmers were selected and the simple random technique was used to select 20 farmers from each community. These five communities were selected because of the severity of erosion in those areas. Data was analysed using frequency tables and percentages of descriptive statistics in SPSS. Maleís form 79% of the respondents and 21% were females. The perceptions of farmers on the causes of erosion in the study area were: high intensity of rainfall, inadequate vegetative cover, deforestation and lack of proper conservation methods. The indicators of soil erosion problems in the study were presence of gullies (45%) making it impossible for profitable cultivation , 20% said removal of the top soil by water or wind, 20% reported that it makes the land infertile, 5% as exposure of the root of trees and finally change of soil color as 5%.The conservation methods adopted by the farmers include; stonebunds, earthbunds, vertiver grass, manure, local grass, tree planting, drainage trench, wood logs and ploughing across slope.

Keywords: Farmers, Perception, Soil erosion, Conservation methods, Ghana.


 

How to cite this article:  Fariya A, Farida A (2015). Farmersí Perception on Soil Erosion Problems and Conservation Methods among Rural Farmers in Talensi-Nabdam Districts of Upper East Region of Ghana. Acad. Res. J. Agri. Sci. Res.  3(5):96-101. 

 

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