Environmentalist advocates soil testing to prevent farmland flooding

An environmental expert, Mr. Gafar Odubote, has called for proper soil assessment to avoid incessant flooding in the country’s farmlands.

Odubote, Network Coordinator, Let’s Do It World (LDIW), Africa Region, a non-governmental organization, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.

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He blamed improper drainage systems and a lack of soil testing for the frequent flooding of much of the country’s farmland.

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“Most soils in farmland are not tested well before cultivation. Crop washout from agricultural land can be related to the mode of irrigation.

“The flooding of farmland when it rains should not be blamed on climate change but on poor soil assessment before cultivation.

“It is very important that farmers engage in soil testing and evaluation before cultivation.

“It will let them know what the soil’s ability to hold water is so they know what kind of crop can survive in such an area,” he said.

According to the expert, in a flood-prone area, farmers should grow resistant crops that will not be washed away to reduce the risk of flooding.

Odubote also reiterated the need to create proper pathways for drainage on farmland to prevent floods from happening again.

“Unlike the old days, most farmers do not create good drainage systems so that water can flow into their farms when it rains.

“It is not right to cultivate the soil without preparing a good drainage channel.

“Since most of our farms are located on low land, they are more susceptible to flooding.

“A small flood can easily wash away good crops when there are no pathways for water to flow through the farm,” he said.

The expert said the rainfall could not be stopped but the water channels and drainage systems needed to be well managed.

“Farmers should channel the drainage on their farms so that there is an outlet for the water to flow like a pond which will always serve as reservoirs,” he added.

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