African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6576

Full Length Research Paper

Pedologists’ approach to agro-technology transfer: Case study of Ikwuano, Abia State, Nigeria

Godwin O. Chukwu
  • Godwin O. Chukwu
  • National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, P.M.B. 7006, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria.
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Tessy U. Madu
  • Tessy U. Madu
  • National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, P.M.B. 7006, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria.
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Emilia C. Chinaka
  • Emilia C. Chinaka
  • National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, P.M.B. 7006, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria.
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Nkoli H. Anyaegbunam
  • Nkoli H. Anyaegbunam
  • National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, P.M.B. 7006, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 03 January 2013
  •  Published: 31 January 2013

Abstract

 

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.