PROBLEMS FACED BY FARMERS IN THE SIKIANG BASIN IN CHINA

PROBLEMS FACED BY FARMERS IN THE SIKIANG BASIN IN CHINA

  • Seasonal flooding which leads to destruction of agricultural land and displacement of people.
  • Siltation which leads to flooding of canals hence reducing on the volume of water transported to the crop fields.




  • Stagnation of water canals leading to the spread of water borne diseases such as bilharzia leading to death of people.
  • Crop pests and diseases which reduce the quality and quantity of agricultural produce.
  • High transport costs incurred in transportation of produce from the lower river valley to the market centers due to inaccessibility.
  • Leaching of the soils is very high leading to infertile soils that cannot support crop growth.
  • There is limited land for expansion/extensive farming hence reducing the crop yields.
  • There is deposition of immature soils by the flood water of the Sikiang River which destroy the existing soil structure.
  • Some river banks are very steep limiting crop cultivation and mechanization.




  • There is use of elementary tools leading to low crop yields due to inefficient technology.
  • Limited cooperation amongst the people working in the communes which affect the volume of output.
  • Price fluctuation due to over production which affects the incomes of the farmers especially when the prices decline.
  • Perishability of the agricultural produces especially the fruits leading to post harvest losses

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