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Integrated water resources management and sustainable agriculture in Nigeria: a study of the Sokoto-Rima basin - W.B.R. Graham, Principal Lecturer, Department Of Agricultural Engineering, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Nigeria.

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Integrated water resources management and sustainable agriculture in Nigeria: a study of the Sokoto-Rima basin - W.B.R. Graham, Principal Lecturer, Department Of Agricultural Engineering, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Nigeria.

  1. 1. Integrated Water Resources Management and Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria: A Study of The Sokoto-Rima Basin W.B.R. Graham Department of Agricultural Engineering, Waziri Umar Federal Polytechnic, Nigeria grayhomestead@gmail.com Introduction Integrated Water Management The Sokoto Rima basin (SRB) Strategies located (4 7 E;11 14 N) is a part A simple properly of the Niger river basin aligned windbreak would have A “top down” approach has been prevented this used in developing water ‘accident’. resources. The result has been the building Over the years farmers who of very large dams and irrigation practice irrigated agriculture in the schemes that have, after many SRB have been pampered getting years reached only 10 to 20% of most of the development aid. their potential. What about forming Land Users Associations?Water and Agriculture in the Must water resourcesSRB development always be linked toFarming practices in the SRB are large dams?not eco-friendly and have a What about other water sourcestremendous impact on water (groundwater)?resources Dams have lead to the degradation of valuable wetlands (Fadama) in the SRB Poverty is also a major factor in the degradation of land and waterMost large scale irrigation projects resourcesare in a sorry state Conclusion Strategies must be adopted to improve upland farming practices for sustainable integrated water management in the basin

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