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Title: BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF ADOPTING SOIL CONSERVATION TECHNIQUES IN GOROMTI WATERSHED, CENTRAL ETHIOPIA
Authors: Addisu, Damtew
Advisors: MOHAMMED ASSEN (PHD)
Keywords: SOIL CONSERVATION GOROMTI
GOROMTI WATERSHED
Copyright: May-2011
Date Added: 31-Oct-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: ABSTRACT Land degradation is one of the major challenges in agricultural production in many parts of the world, especially in developing nations, such as Ethiopia. A number of soil and water conservation methods were introduced to combat land degradation but adoption of these practices remains below expectations. The main objective of the study is to assess the benefits and challenges of adopting soil conservation techniques in Goromti watershed. For this purpose household questionnaire, key informant interview and observation were used to generate both qualitative and quantitative data. Field survey was conducted to collect the necessary data from 107 sample households, which were selected via simple random sampling Illamu Goromti, Ya’i Chebo and Boji Bilo associations. The household survey questionnaire data have been tabulated and summarized by utilizing the statistical package for social science (SPSS). The study revealed that factors such as slope of the area, contact with extension workers, tenure status, age, size of house hold and training influenced farmers to adopt soil and water conservation methods. Soil bund, fanya juu, water way, cut off drain and grass strips are the major soil conservation methods adopted in the area. Opportunities related to adopted methods of soil conservation are effective in addressing on farm flooding and soil erosion. They also increased productivity, vegetation cover and soil moisture content. Despite the benefits the study also revealed that some farmers failed to maintain adopted methods of soil conservation. This was mainly due to the conservation methods took and reduced plot size, poor design; need more labor and lack of incentives. These short coming of the conservation structures are the major causes for lack of maintenance of structures, development and efficient control of erosion.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3586
Appears in:Thesis - Geography

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