Assessment of the Effects of Flood on Agricultural Land Use in Doma Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, Nigeria

Anzaku M. Iliyasu, Alkali Mohammed, Buba Y. Alfred, L.M. Akpami, Sa’adu Sabitu Da’u


This study aimed at assessing the effects of flood on agricultural land use in Doma Local Government Area, Nasarawa state, Nigeria. In order to achieve the objectives of the study, information on the causes effects frequency and magnitude of flood on agricultural land use were needed from primary and secondary source of data. The primary data were obtained through the use of structured questionnaire, field observation and measurement and ten years rainfall data (2004-2014). The rainfall data were obtained from Nigeria meteorological agency (NIMET), Lafia, Nasarawa state. Rainfall data obtained were used for rainfall trend analysis for the study. The secondary data include information from relevant text such as journals, newspaper dictionary, encyclopaedia textbooks, internet and web and related past students dissertation and thesis. Basic statistical techniques such as the computation of totals, mean, and standard deviation were employed for the analysis of rainfall data. Descriptive statistics were adopted to analyze the result from the questionnaire and simply linear regression analysis were used to determined rainfall trend for this work. The study shows that there has an appreciable effect of flood in the    study area which is due to many factors such as human activities but is greatly influenced by climate. This evident in the study as about 44.1% and 21.8% of the total respondents have been engaged in farming for 21 years and above, and 16 to 20 years respectively and are thereby able to explain clearly the effects they home observed experienced over time. The finding also revealed that 1.76% of the respondents have lost a total 15 hectares of farm land, 30.59% have 416 hectare 23.53 have lost 480 hectares, 14.71% lost 500 histories and 7.06% 600 hectares respective. This indicates a great destruction farm lands in the area and invariably a decrease in food production. The state disaster management and other agencies charges with disaster management in the state level should be properly funded in order to respond to the challenges of sudden of occurrences of natural disaster in future.

Keywords: Effect, Floods, Agriculture, Landuse, Devastation

DOI: 10.7176/JEES/9-3-08

Publication date:March 31st 2019

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