Ighodaro Et Al

Ighodaro et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (8), pp. 197-202, October 2017.

ISSN: 2276-7770 

Review Article

Manuscript Number: 100317145


(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2017.8.100317145)

 

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.


Abstract

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.

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