Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 386

Full Length Research Paper

Managing landuse to control soil erosion problems in a part of Kwara State of Nigeria

  H. I. Jimoh  
Department of Geography, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 30 December 2010
  •  Published: 31 January 2011

Abstract

 

This paper is an assessment of the roles of different land use types in controlling erosion rates in some parts of Kwara State. To accomplish this philosophy, data were therefore collected on individual rainfall characteristics, depth of erosion on each land use type and percentage plant covers on land use basis too.  These data were then processed using both descriptive and regression techniques of analyses.  The following therefore constitutes as the results observed as follows: (i) The components of rainfall total are very important in explaining and the prediction the rate of erosion on all land use types and subsequently the desired management types. (ii) The land use types studied respond differently to the forces of individual rainfall events, each land use type therefore requires a distinct management technique. (iii) Land use types covered by grasses to about 95% do not suffer any serious erosion attack. Similarly, undergrowth of grasses should be encouraged under the trees.  This is because; grasses have the potential to break the powers of rainfall at ground level.  However, tree covered land use type accelerate the incidents of erosion which is at variance with the traditional beliefs of checking erosion with it.

 

Key words: Managing, landuse, control, soil erosion, problems.