Ighodaro et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (8), pp. 197-202, October 2017.
Manuscript Number: 100317145
Prospects of Sustainable Soil Management to a Green Economy
Ighodaro U.B1*, Idumah F.O1, Mangodo C1 and Isese M.O.O1
1Moist Forest Research Station, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, P.m.b 2224 Benin City.
This paper examines the predominant role of soil resource as an integral factor that could influence the prospective contributions of agriculture to the green economy. It identifies soil as a natural resource that must be sustainably managed to maximize the contribution of agriculture to the production of food to feed the bourgeoning human population in Nigeria as well as reduce poverty level of the people. If agriculture is to contribute meaningfully to the transition to green economy, the soil issue must be taken seriously. To this end, the paper highlights certain factors that affect soil productivity which must be addressed to enhance the contributions of agriculture towards the realization of a green economy. These include soil erosion, soil salinity, perennial flooding, desert encroachment and drought, soil mismanagement and misuse which result in the decline in soil fertility. The paper therefore recommends pragmatic actions that must be taken to address these problems such as land–use management system like agroecology, agroforestry, scientific crop rotation system, no-till cultivation and appropriate application of soil improvement fertilizer, among others.
Key words: agriculture, soil management, green economy.
Akinwole, A. O. (2013): Greening Nigerian Economy; A look at sustainable Aquaculture Production System and Challenges. In L. Popoola, F.O. Idumah, O.Y. Ogunsanwo and I.O. Azeez (Eds) Forestry Industry in a Dynamic Global Environment, Proceeding of the 35th Annual Conference of the Forestry Association of Nigeria Held on the 11th -16th in Sokoto State.
Latowski, D. Surouka, Ewa, Strzalka, K (2010). Regulatory Role of Component of Acsorbate Glutathone Pathway in Plant Stress Tolerrance In N.A.Anjum et al(eds). Ascorbate Glutathione pathway and Tolerance in plant. Springer Science. Page 1-53.
Arokoyo, T. (2003). ICTs in the Transformation of Agricultural Extension: The Case of Nigeria. Proceedings of ICTs - transforming agricultural extension? The 6th Consultative Expert Meeting of CTA's Observatory on ICTs, 23-25 September.
Blum A. (2009). Effective use of water and water use efficiency is a target to crop yield improvement under drought stress. Field Crops Research. Vol. 112, Issues 2-3, Page 119 -123.
Damme, P.A (2012): Tapping the Green Market-Constraint and Opportunities for AFTP Promotion. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Tree Product Value chain in Africa held between 26-28 November, 2012. Yaounde, Cameroon.
Etuonovbe A. K. (2009). The Devastating Effects of Environmental Degradation - A Case Study of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. TS 1D – Environment and Land Use Planning.
FAO (2001).Soil Fertility Management in Support of Food security in Sub-Saharan Africa.Available on ftp://ftp.fao.org/agl/agll/docs/foodsec.pdf FAO, 2012a. FAO@Rio+20: Greening the Economy with Agriculture (GEA) Taking stock of potential, options, and prospective challenges.
FAO (2012) The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Investing in agriculture for a better future Rome (available at www.fao.org/docrep/017/i3028e/ii3028e.pdf)
FAO (2015) International Year of Soil 2015
Farming First (2013). Guide to Green Economy Initiatives on Agriculture. www.farmingfrist.org/greeneconomy.
FAO (2016). FAOSTAT3. Website (available at http://faostat3.fao.org).
Hartemink, A.E (1997): Soil fertility decline in some Major Soil Groupings under permanent cropping in Tanga Region, Tanzania. Geoderma 75:215-229.
Idumah, F.O., Ighodaro,U.B and Mangodo, C (2013): Green Economy and Forest Resources Management in Nigeria. Proceeding of the 36th annual conference of the Forestry Association of Nigeria held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Pg 71-77.
Jensen, E.S., Peoples, M.B. Boddey, R.M. Gresshoff, P.M., Henrik, H.-N., Alves, B.J.R. and Morrison, M.J. (2012) Legumes for mitigation of climate change and the provision of feedstock for biofuels and biorefineries: A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 32:329-364.
Moran ,E.F (2006): People and Nature: An introduction to human ecological relations. Blackwell Publishing, USA.
Nwankwoala H. O. (2011): Coastal Aquifers of Nigeria: An Overview of Its Management and Sustainability Considerations. Journal of Applied Technology in Environmental Sanitation. Vol. 1(4). Page 371–380.
Olajide O.I., (2004): Effect of World Bank Loan Withdrawal on the Performance of Agricultural Extension in Nigeria. Nordic Journal of African Studies, 13(2): 141-145.
United Nation Environmental Programme (2010): Green Economy Developing Countries Success Stories. UNEP, Geneva. Page 15.
Call for Articles/Books/Thesis
Call for Scholarly Articles
Authors from around the world are invited to send scholary articles that suits the scope of this journal. The journal is currently open to submissions and will process and publish articles daily, immediately they are ready.
The journal is centered on quality and goes about its processes in a very timely fashion. Seasoned editors/reviewers will be consulted to review each article(s), profer quality evaluations and polish the articles with expertise before publication.
Use our quick submit button to submit or simply send your article(s) as an e-mail attachment to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Books
You are also invited to submit your books for online or print publication. We publish books related to all academic subject areas. Submit as an e-mail attachment to email@example.com.