Farm Level Indicators of Sustainable Land Management: Effect on Agricultural Production in Oyo State, Nigeria

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I. O. Oyewo
J. O. Oladeebo
A. A. Adesope
M. O. Raufu

Abstract

Farmland sustainability and increased agricultural production have been a major concern of average farmers in Nigeria especially in South Western part of the Country. The study examines the farm level indicators and their effects on agricultural production among rural farmers. Multi-stage methods of sampling technique were used to select fifty respondents for this study using a well-structured questionnaire. Data collected were analyzed by the use of descriptive such as means, percentage, standard deviation and fuzzy logic analysis. The result shows that average age of farmer, farm size, household size and farming experience are 52.28 years, 2.072 hectare, 6.80 and 29.42 years of farming experience respectively. The fuzzy logic method was used to compute the composite indicator of sustainable land use (ISLU) which was 0.2843 indicating that farmers' land management practices in the study area are generally sustainable with the current application of the indicators. Land fallowing, trends of vegetative cover, irrigation, pesticide used among others contributed a higher percentage of land use sustainability with about 3.8% each, while minimum tillage, cover crops, crop rotation and cassava cutting use had no contribution to land use sustainability. The study recommends that rural water should be made available and that informal training through extension services should be conducted to educate farmers on sustainable land management (SLM) practices in order to have a better environment and improve production in the study area.

Keywords:
Farm level, indicators, sustainable, land managements, fuzzy, cassava, Oyo State

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Oyewo, I. O., Oladeebo, J. O., Adesope, A. A., & Raufu, M. O. (2019). Farm Level Indicators of Sustainable Land Management: Effect on Agricultural Production in Oyo State, Nigeria. Asian Journal of Research in Agriculture and Forestry, 2(3), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajraf/2018/v2i330020
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