Imogie et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 2 (5), pp. 180-187, September 2012
Utilization of Niger Delta Basin Coastal Fresh Water Swamps for Meaning Agricultural Production.
Imogie A.E.1*, Udosen C.V1, Airede C. I.2 and
1Agronomy Division, NIFOR, Benin City, Edo State.
2Raphia & Other Palms Res. Dept. NIFOR, Benin City, Edo State.
3 Raphia Sub Station, Onuebum. NIFOR, Benin City, Edo State.
*Corresponding email: imogie @ yahoo. com, Phone: 08066464124
The study was designed to assess
the potential and utilization of the Fresh Water Swamp of
Onuebum, Bayelsa State in Niger Delta Basin for meaningful
agricultural production. The results of the study shown that
Onuebum Fresh Water Swamp soils have hydromorphic properties
which have great potentials for agricultural production. The
favourable climatic parameters (rain fall, temperature,
sunshine, relative humidity), natural vegetation and vast
hectareage of land in these Fresh Water Swamp favoured the
cultivation of both arable and perennial crops such as
Cassava, Maize, Yam, Cocoyam, Plantain, Paddy Rice, Sweet
potatoes, Pumpkin, Coconut, Oil palm, Rubber, e.t.c. Apart
from the dominant crop Raphia palms which thrives in this
soils, in addition, the natural occurring of ponds
throughout the year also favoured integrated Raphia fish
farming and also bee keepings. Generally, from the finding,
the Onuebum Fresh Water Swamps provide great potential for
extensive large scale agricultural production, thus the
Federal, State and Local Government should seized this
opportunity provided by this clearly identified potential of
Onuebum Coastal Fresh Water Swamp of the Niger Delta Basin
for massive agricultural production in order to reduce the
growing pressure on food self sustainability natural imposed
on the area for increased food production to meet the needs
of the ever increasing human population.
Keywords: Potential, Favourable, Cropping, System Benefit.
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