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Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 10(2) pp.31-36 July, 2020
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ISSN 2276-7118 © 2020 Scholarly-Journals



The effect of environmental hazards on sustainability of food security in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria

Amugo, N.M.*1 and Edward, J.O.2

1Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics/Extension, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt. 2Department of Agricultural Technology, School of Science and Technology, Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Rumuola, P.M.B 5936, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.


Abstract :

 

The study investigates the effect of Environmental Hazards on Sustainability of food security in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. The following objectives were to: examine the causes of environmental hazards towards enhancing food security; investigate the effects of environmental hazards and maintenance of food security: identify possible remedy towards environmental hazards on food sustainability. A total number of 120 respondents from commercial farmers, ministries of health and environment were selected using random sampling techniques. Primary and secondary data were collected and analyzed with the aid of questionnaire and interviews. Data analysis was done using frequency table and percentage. The result obtained shows that 100% of environmental hazards is caused by man and nature frequencies of 110 with 91.67% and 10 with 8.33%. Investigation carried out shows that environmental hazards occurs every hour, day, weeks, months and years which have bag effects on sustaining food security. Also solutions like awareness creation, location of a particular place for waste disposal, fumigation of the environment, construction of pipeline, employment of trained personnel to educate farmers and individuals on how to control, manage and protect their environment against environmental hazards on sustaining food security in the study area. The study recommends that government should provide refuse receptacles in large quantity and place them at interval of not more than 200m apart in both residential and commercial areas. Pipeline should be constructed to channel the flow of oil to its destination. Government should sponsor public health education or environmental education programme to the people. Individual should give financial sacrifice for environmental protection. Individuals or farmers should see it as part of their responsibility to report any kind of hazards to the government, ministries of health and environment. There should be a cultural revolution where awareness is created among the illiterate farmers or individuals on how to control manage and protect their environment against the preceding hazards. Farmers or individuals should be given advices on how to control and handle some activities that will result to environmental problems.

 

Key words: Environmental, Hazard, Sustainability and Food Security.

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