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August 2019 Vol. 7 No.8

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Merit Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Soil Science (ISSN: 2350-2274) Vol. 7(8) pp. 087-090, August, 2019

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DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3380575


Overview of the Anthropogenic Causes of Soil Erosion in Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria


*1Ajayi A. S, 1Ibrahim Rasheed, 2Brai M. A. and 3Seghosime Sule


1Department of Agricultural and Bio-Environmental Engineering Technology, Auchi Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State Nigeria
2Department of Sciences, National Institute of Construction Technology, Uromi, Edo State Nigeria
3Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Auchi Polytechnic Auchi Edo State Nigeria

*Corresponding Author’s E-mail: ajayistan@gmail.com

Accepted July 15, 201




The incidence of gully erosion in Auchi, Edo State has assumed alarming proportions thereby gaining national recognition as an ecological disaster zone. The aim of this paper is therefore to examine some of the human causes of this menace and its impact on the population of the area and coping strategies adopted by individuals, community and the government. From field survey and observation, some of the anthropogenic causes found were: Dumping of refuse in water channels and drainages, Excavation of soil for building and other purposes, Poor siting of fences, Deforestation, Bush burning, Building and road Construction factors and Erection of residential structures without drainage and some of the possible control measures are: Environmental education, Environmental surveillance, the use of Vegetation and proper Solid waste management.

Keywords: Soil erosion, Anthropogenic influences, environmental surveillance & education, Auchi








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