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Training Needs of Farmers in Soil Erosion Control in Anambra South Senatorial Zone, Nigeria

I. A. Enwelu
H. C. Okeke


The study examined the training needs of farmers in soil erosion control in the Anambra South Senatorial zone. The study used a structured interview schedule to collect data from a cross-section of 100 respondents. Data were analyzed using a combination of analytical tools such as descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings of the study revealed that the majority (51.0%) of the farmers were males and married (64.0%). Only 32.0% of the farmers attended secondary school. The farmers had an average of 3 extension contacts annually and their mean monthly income from all sources was ₦40,349.79. The study revealed major existing methods of erosion control such as channeling/drainage( x = 3.08) and mulching (x = 3.00). Seventy-six per cent of the farmers had not been trained in erosion control while 52.0% of those trained were through seminars. The farmers desired to be trained in terracing (75%) and cover cropping (72%). The perceived effects of soil erosion on agricultural production were a reduction in land for agricultural activities ( x = 3.06), removal of topsoil ( x = 2.96) and reduction in farmer's income ( x = 2.71). The constraints to farmers in soil erosion control were: poor educational background ( x = 3.07), neglect of extension methods ( x = 3.01) and poor information system ( x = 2.99). The study recommended that extension agents should be recruited, and trained to educate the farmers on ways of soil erosion control.