Abuja Journal of Agriculture and Environment (AJAE)

FARMERS' PERCEPTION ON ROLES OF AGROFORESTRY PRACTICES IN SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT IN BASSA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF PLATEAU STATE, NIGERIA
Author(s): Erhabor T.A.*, Dahunsi O.M., Ukanyirioha C.J. and Banjo O.T
Volume/Issue: Volume 3 , Issue 1 (2023)

ABSTRACT:

Degraded lands affect more of the rural poor because of their dependence on annual agricultural cropsand rely on property lands that are highly prone to degradation due to excessive farming over the years.The role of agroforestry practices on sustainable land management was therefore evaluated in BassaLocal Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria. The study was aimed at identifying the various types ofagroforestry practiced in the local government area as well as identify the roles of agroforestry insustainable land management. Multi stage sampling technique was used in the selection of 3 villages inthe study area and a total of 450 copies of structured questionnaire were randomly distributed(proportionately based on population size) among farmers to elicit information on agroforestry andsustainable land management. The result revealed low female and youth participation in agroforestry.Agrisilviculture (62.13%) and hortisilviculture (35.6%) were the most dominant types of agroforestrypracticed by the farmers. The practice of multipurpose trees on farms was also the dominant (88.89%)form of agroforestry in the study area. Evidence from the study indicate strong awareness of the benefit ofagroforestry in sustainable land management and could translate to a willingness to adopt practices thatcould further improve sustained production of the land. Therefore, farmers should be introduced to othertypes of agroforestry which they could adopt to increase farm productivity.

KEYWORDS:

Agrisilviculture, agroforestry, degraded lands, hortisilviculture