Olowojoba et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Vol. 6 (2), pp. 059-068, February 2016.
Manuscript Number: 011416008
Land Suitability and Evaluation for the Production of Cassava in Akoko-Edo L.G.A. of Edo State using Geo-Technology Techniques
¹Olowojoba S.O., ¹Kappo A.A., ¹Ogbole J.O., ¹Alaga A.T., ²Mohammed S.O., ³Eguaroje E.O.
¹Cooperative Information Network, Obafemi Awolowo University Campus, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
²National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Nigeria.
³National Center For Remote Sensing, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
Nigeria’s economy is heavily dependent on the oil sector and this has led to neglect of the agricultural sector in the past. To diversify the economy is of paramount necessity in order to drift the economy from total dependence on the oil sector. In order to help in the reversal of this wholly dependence on the oil sector, the government has been advocating to shift attention to other key sectors of the economy and particularly agriculture. The government has initiated cassava production and exportation, this seeks to variegate the use of Nigerian- produced cassava through industrial processing and utilization options. This aims at giving domestic and exporters the opportunity to generate income for the government and individuals. To get the goal achieved, improved varieties of cassava have been made available for higher yields.
In this study, GIS has been used to bring biophysical factors such as rainfall, temperature, sunshine hours, soil, soil slop, elevation and geology together; using Boolean in spatial analyst tools in ArcGIS 10.1 software to ascertain the most suitable area for cassava production in Akoko-Edo L.G.A. of Edo state. The most suitable area is highlighted for large scale cassava production for industries and prospective investors.
Keywords: Geographic Information System, Boolean Calculator, Biophysical Factors, Spatial Analyst, Shuttle radar topographic mission.
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