To effectively combat and coping with emerging challenges in agricultural production experts and stakeholders in the sector have advocated for sustainable land management.
Such challenges include land degradation, desertification and drought as a result of climate change.
Unsustainable land use management may cause degradation and loss of critical ecosystem services, hence, according to experts, government at all level must evolved sustainable blue prints and strategies on land management.
This was made know at a two day training workshop on sustainable land management under the national mandate for soil research, by Institute for Agricultural Research and Training (I A R&T), Obafemi Awolowo University, Moor Plantation, Apata, Ibadan organised for Oluyole local government area and its environ in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.
Speaking with Journalists at the training, the Deputy Director of the Institute, Dr Olaide Saka who represented the Executive Director of the Institute, Prof James Alabi Adediran said the training workshop is necessary as a result of increasing population, which made land usage to become competing component for farming, housing and infrastructure.
He noted that Nigeria is the most populated black Africa which made increase food production inevitable, thus, all hands must be on deck for sustainable land management in the eyes of competing components for land use.
According to him, “there is need for sustainable blue print and strategies by all level of government for effective land management such as integrated soil fertility management where both organic and inorganic measures would be put into use.
“I want to say without mincing word that sustainable and effective land management is a panacea to increasing agricultural productivity in order to improve the lives of the farmers as well aid economic growth and development of the country as a whole”.
Speaking on sustainable land management, Dr Funmilayo Ande while disclosing that losing land fertility is dangerous to food production in Nigeria, she lamented that over 40 percent of Nigeria soil is already degraded.
According to her, ” more than 40 percent of Nigeria soil are degraded chemically, physically and biologically immediately we started preparing it for farming or other usage.
“Hence the need to create awareness and impacting knowledge in farmers on how to manage their soil so that it keep on producing for long time with little or no degradation”.
She charged all the participants not only to make use of knowledge gained at the workshop but to extend it to other farmers in their domain.