AGRICULTURAL LAND-USE CHANGE AND DISAPPEARANCE OF FARMLANDS IN KADUNA METROPOLIS-NIGERIA

Y. Saleh, A.M. Badr, F. El Banna, A. Shahata

Abstract


This study assessed agricultural land-use change  in
Kaduna metropolis. This  study combined the use of
remote  sensing  and  geographic  information  system
(GIS) application to ascertain the rate  of agricultural
land-use change from 1980 to 2012 in the study area.
The  four imageries  (Landsat MSS  1980,  Landsat  TM
1990,  Landsat  ETM+  2005  and  Nigeria  Sat  X  2012)
used were classified and compared to understand the
rate and extent of agricultural land-use change during
the  different  periods.  The findings  revealed  that the
study  area  experienced  a  significant  reduction  in
agricultural  land  and  these  leads  to  continued
disappearance  of  farmlands.  Lastly,  the  decrease  in
agricultural  lands  leads  to  loss  of  livelihood,
reduction in  food  supply  and  increase  poverty.  This
has raised so many concerns about the sustainability
of Urban and Peri Urban Agriculture (UPA) production
in the study area whereby the small scale farmers are
the most affecte

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