Farmers Perceptions on soil erosion in Sebeya catchment, Rwanda

Authors

  • Félicien Majoro University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, P.O. Box 3900, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Umaru Garba Wali University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, P.O. Box 3900, Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Omar Munyaneza University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, P.O. Box 3900, Kigali, Rwanda.
  • François-Xavier Naramabuye University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture Science and Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 3971, Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Eric Derrick Bugenimana University of Kibungo, Faculty of Agriculture and Rural Development, P. O. Box 06 Kibungo, Rwanda.
  • Concilie Mukamwambali University of Rwanda, College of Education, Department of Mathematics, Science and Physical Education, P.O. Box 55, Rwamagana, Rwanda.

Keywords:

Sebeya catchment, soil erosion control, farmers’ views, Rwanda

Abstract

Soil erosion is one of the major causes of land degradation which result in low agriculture productivity. Especially, western part of Rwanda including Sebeya catchment has high susceptibility to erosion leading to huge amounts of soil loss. This study held to explore the actual status of soil erosion in Sebeya catchment. Global Information System data were used for catchment delineation. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected and analyzed. Specifically, 75 farmers living and having farm lands in the catchment were interviewed in terms of knowledge on soil erosion, causes and control measures. The results showed that streambank erosion is due to the erosive power of runoff from uplands areas with (18.7%). The main natural causes of soil erosion in Sebeya catchment are heavy rainfall (69.33%) and the slope steepness (28%). Public and private land conservation agencies should be more involved in soil management centred on farmer’s awareness and capacity building.  

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2020-10-30

How to Cite

Félicien Majoro, Umaru Garba Wali, Omar Munyaneza, François-Xavier Naramabuye, Eric Derrick Bugenimana, & Concilie Mukamwambali. (2020). Farmers Perceptions on soil erosion in Sebeya catchment, Rwanda. EPH - International Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Research (ISSN: 2208-2158), 6(10), 07–18. Retrieved from http://ephjournal.org/index.php/aer/article/view/1733