Soil resource illiteracy and a weak link between agricultural research and farmers are major problems limiting agricultural development in Nigeria. Pedologists provide interpretative soil maps (land capability classification and soil fertility maps) that will enable potential land users to appreciate the advantages and limitations of the soil resource base that is utilized for agricultural production. Such maps are visual aids to facilitate effective communication between extensionists and farmers, in an effort to (1) adopt appropriate land and agronomic management practices, (2) increase productivity and (3) enhance the efficiency of resource use in agricultural production. This approach was illustrated using Ikwuano Local Government Area (LGA) of Abia State, Nigeria, as a case study.
Key words: Pedologists, interpretative soil maps, agro-technology transfer, Ikwuano LGA, Nigeria.
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