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Title:Effects of sand mining on agricultural activities on the Bama Ridge, north eastern Nigeria
Authors:Kagu, AbbaISNI
Maina, AndrewISNI
Periodical:Journal of environment and culture (ISSN 1597-2755)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:sand mining
land degradation
agricultural production
Abstract:Based on field observations, interviews and measurements, this paper examines the effects of sand mining on agricultural activities on the Bama Ridge in northeastern Nigeria. Sand mining on the ridge is carried out using simple hand tools like shovels and diggers. Every five days, 801 tippers of sand are removed from the ridge to Maiduguri and environs. Sand mining has seriously affected agricultural activities around the ridge. Due to these mining activities, crop production has been reduced by more than 50 percent, grazing lands have been totally destroyed and animals have migrated to areas with abundant food supply. Fish production has also been reduced drastically due to water shortage in the Ngadda river. In order to manage the remaining agricultural land vis--vis sand excavation in the area, a comprehensive policy should be developed to make this activity ecologically sustainable. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]