ASSESSMENT OF RURAL COMMUNITY EFFORTS IN GULLY EROSION CONTROL IN IMO STATE, NIGERIA
The study examined rural community efforts in gully erosion control in Imo state, Nigeria. The study identified
the erosion control activities, ascertained the level of participation in gully erosion control activities, examined
the perceived effects of gully erosion on rural community development and identified factors militating against
the efforts of rural communities in gully erosion control. Multistage random sampling procedure was used in
sampling 180 respondents. Data for the study were collected with the use of a well structured questionnaire. Data
collected were analyzed with descriptive statistics (frequency, percentage, mean and standard deviation).
Findings showed that long ridges across slope or the ground (55.0%) was the major gully erosion control activity.
Respondents participated poorly in erosion control activities (1.7) and strongly perceived the effect of gully
erosion on community development (3.26). Factors militating against rural community efforts on gully erosion
control were soil properties (81.1%), topography (80.0%), and shape and size of watershed (72.8%). The study
also showed that the rural communities participated poorly in efforts to control gully erosion menace as only long
ridges across the slope was their major effort in controlling gully erosion. The study therefore recommends that
water should be properly channeled by constructing drainages especially within the residential areas.