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A Professor of Plant Ecology and Environmental Management at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, Dr. Emmanuel Nzegbule has recommended regular sensitisation of farmers on cultivation systems as antidote to tackling declining soil productivity in the Southeast.

He said Extension officers and agencies responsible for environmental monitoring should collaborate to guide and correct farmers on the use of Agro-pesticides to address build-up of pollutants within the production system.

Nzegbule, who disclosed this while delivering the 34th inaugural lecture of the university titled: “Many Parts, Yet One Earth: Agricultural System Cannot Be An Island” urged policy makers to appreciate that climate change is real, hence rural farming households should be encouraged to adopt climate change adaptation practices and build resilience that will support poverty alleviation and food security in the country.

Nzegbule said: “In our agricultural system, it is possible to avoid degradation of soils by integrating a robust biogeochemical nutrient cycles through litter production and decomposition using agroforestry and Silvio pastoral systems.”


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