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Effects of Soil Erosion on Crop Productivity in Afgoye, Lower Shabelle- Somalia

Author(s): Yusuf Ali Abdulle, Mohamed Farah Hussein, Ahmed Mohamud Mohamed, Abdikafi Hassan Mohamud, Abdi Fatah Ibrahim Osman, Bakar Abdullahi Mohamuud, Fahma Hassan Idiris

Soil erosion is agriculture’s enemy: a major environmental threat to sustainability and productivity with knock-on effects of the climate crisis and food security. The study aimed to assess “the effect of soil erosion on crop productivity in Afgoi district lower Shabelle-Somalia. The researchers used a descriptive research design with quantitative methods with a population study of 60 people out of which a sample size of 52 non-probability sampling used to select the sample, and they included well experienced people. Using purposive sampling respondents were chosen from the different departments selected and questionnaires distributed to the selected respondents. Primary data used during collection of data. Data collected by use of questionnaire method and analyzed in the form of tables and figures. The study reported that most of the respondents of this study 23(44 %) were answered strongly agree, this shows that floods are a major cause concern soil erosion. The result indicated that most of the respondents 20(38%) of the respondents were answered agree, and this implies that low yield is one of the effect of soil erosion on crop productivity. The study indicated that most of the respondents 25(48%) were answered strongly agree and this implies that planting cover crops is a major reason that manage soil erosion on crop productivity. The result indicated that most of the respondents 34(65%) were answered yes and this implies that soil fertility decreases due to soil erosion. Our studies recommended that the farmers must plant windbreak and cover crops to avoid soil erosion on crop productivity and also, government must help farmers and do continuous research to decrease soil erosion on crop productivity.

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