Land suitability evaluation for avocado pear (Persea americana Mill.) and pineapple (Ananas comosus L. Merr) in rain forest zone of Edo State, NigeriaPantnagar Journal of Research, Volume - 20, Issue - 1 ( January-April. 2022)
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This study was conducted in the rain forest zone of Edo state, Nigeria to evaluate the suitability of some soils for avocado pear and pineapple cultivation. The methodology involved a rigid grid soil survey at a detailed scale. Four mapping units were delineated and suitable guidelines specific for each crop were used in establishing suitability of the land for avocado pear and pineapple. The result revealed that by limitation method, on potential basis, 110.98 ha (Inceptisols and Ultisols) which amounts to 86.64% of the study area was moderately suitable (S2) while 17.13 ha (Entisols) which amounts to 13.37% of the study area was marginally suitable for avocado pear and pineapple. However, by parametric method, 110.98 ha (Inceptisols and Ultisols) covering 86.64% of the study area was highly suitable (S1) while 17.13 ha (Entisols) representing to 13.37% of the study area was only marginally suitable for avocado pear and pineapple production. Thus, the limitation method should be preferred for land suitability evaluation as it captures the true state of land characteristics in the study area.
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