African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006

AJAR Articles in press

Agrobiological characteristic and potential of Bulgarian pea varieties

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An agrobiological characteristic and capacity for green mass and seed production from Bulgarian pea (Pisum sativum L.) varieties and a breeding line both created at the Institute of Plant Genetic Resources (IPRG) – Sadovo has been carried out for fifteen years. The choice of varieties is based on their qualities such as early productivity and winter resistance. The pea yield, green mass, the yield of crude protein (kg/...

Author(s):Mariya Ivanova Sabeva, Siyka Angelova Angelova

Floral Activity of Chrysomya putoria Wiedemann, 1830 (Diptera: Calliphoridae) Enhances the Pollination and Fruit Set Rate of Ricinus communis L., 1753 (Euphorbiaceae)

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Experiments were conducted for studying the foraging behaviour of a blowfly species Chrysomya putoria (Diptera: Calliphoridae) on Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae) in a Sudano-Sahelian area of Cameroon in 2017 and 2018. To do so, castor bean plants were flagged and fly foraging parameters were recorded. The effects of blowfly activity on pollination and fruiting rate of R. communis were estimated by comparing unrestricted...

Author(s):Michelson Azo'O Ela, Bouba Aine Bidiki, Beaudelaine Stéphanie Kengni, Arianna Thomas-Cabianca, Fernand-Nestor Tchuenguem Fohouo

Influence of Blended NPS Fertilizer on Yield-Related and Growth Traits of Bread Wheat in Ethiopia

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Nutrient deficiency and absence of locally adapted varieties are the problems in reduction of wheat production in Ethiopia. Hence, experiment was conducted to assess the effect of blended NPS fertilizer on bread wheat varieties (Triticum aestivum L) and to determine the economically feasible fertilizer rate for production. The results revealed that days to heading, maturity, plant height, number of effective tillers per...

Author(s):Demisew Amare, ?Wassu Mohammed, Amare Kebede

Butchers' preference for cattle attributes in Parakou (Borgou)

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The purpose of this study was to analyze the preference of butchers for the attributes of cattle. It is with this in mind that the present research was conducted on a sample of 84 cattle chosen in a reasoned manner and by quota on the only livestock market in the commune of Parakou. The hedonic price method was applied to the data by robust linear regression to determine the attributes of cattle most significant to the...

Author(s):Arouna Assouma, Epiphane Sodjinou, Jacob A. Yabi

Symbiotic Performance and Yield Response of Field pea (Pisum sativum L.) to Rhizobium Inoculation and Nitrogen Supplementation, in the Highlands of South Omo zone

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Field experiment was conducted on two locations Goldia and Kure at South Omo Zone, in the SNNP, region Ethiopia, during the main cropping season from June–November, 2020 G.C for evaluating agronomic and symbiotic performance of field pea varieties in response to Rhizobial inoculant and N-fertilization under field conditions of South Omo highlands of Ethiopia. The experiment was laid out by RCBD factorial design comprising...

Author(s):Ashagre Semu Yetaferu

Comparing level of food insecurity between households with and without home gardening practices in Zege, Amhara region, North West Ethiopia: Community based study

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Background: Globally, close to 1 billion people suffer from hunger and food insecurity. Evidence showed that prevalence of household food insecurity in Ethiopia is ranged from 25.5%-75.8%. Home gardening is one way to alleviate food insecurity. Hence, the study aimed to determine level of food insecurity and its associated factors between home gardening and non-home gardening household in Zegie, North west...

Author(s):Zerfalem Arega, Achenef Motbainor, Mulat Tirfie

Estimation and Mapping Spatiotemporal Irrigation Requirement for Sugarcane Crop: A case study of Arjo Dedessa Sugar Factory and its Surrounding

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Spatial and temporal variability of irrigation requirement play an important role in crop growth and yield in agricultural systems. Due to erratic rainfall, irrigation water management are critical for sugar cane cultivation, a raw material for sugar production. But irrigation requirement depends on the soil type, climatic condition, and topography and in this regard, there is a limitation in the Arjo-Dedessa sugar factory...

Author(s): Etefa Tilahun Ashine, Mamuye Busier Yesuf, Andualem Shigute Bokke

Effects of variety, deficit drip irrigation and rice straw mulch on flowering, fruiting and yield of tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentus L.)

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Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) is one of the most important vegetables in the world and its demand has increased and so factors affecting its production are key for evaluation. The yields of tomato in Ghana are low and supplemented by imports from neighbouring countries. This study investigated the effects of deficit drip irrigation and mulch on reproductive and yield traits of two tomato varieties. The experiment was...

Author(s): Kyria N. Kah, Abubakari Abdul-Halim, Israel K. Dzomeku, Felix K. Abagale, Ramson Adombilla.

Availability and Utilization of Livestock Feed Resources in Ethiopia: A review

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Livestock feed resources include natural pasture, crop leftovers, enhanced forage, hay, industrial by-products, and other feeds. Natural pasture is the predominant feed resource in Ethiopia during the wet season, whereas agricultural leftovers are significant during the dry season. Natural pasture makes up around a quarter of the country's total land area. However, due to seasonal changes in rainfall, poor grazing field...

Author(s):Getahun Belay, Tegene Negesse

Measuring technical efficiency and its determinants among sweet potatoes farmers in Western Uganda

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Sweet potatoes is one of the important staple food for majority of Ugandans. As such, it is depended on by many households. Reportedly, sweet potatoes production is low especially in Western Uganda. This may have been attributed to resource misallocation leading to some levels of efficiency or inefficiency. However, the current level of efficiency or inefficiency and its determinants in sweet potatoes production is...

Author(s):Midamba Dick, Obrine Atukunda, Mary Kwesiga, Alela Beatrice

Evaluation of the Parasites Associated with Talinum fruticosum

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The intestinal parasitic quality of fresh commercial waterleaf (Talinum fruticosum) from Amai was investigated. A total of 30 fresh Talinum fruticosum (waterleaf) leaves was sourced from Amai central market and transported to the laboratory for examination. The leaves were washed in normal saline before centrifuging the saline for microscopic examination. The results obtained showed that the majority of the vegetables...

Author(s):Eboh O.J, Onuoha T, Christopher PC

Identifying available resources and agricultural practices useful in soil fertility management to support orange-fleshed sweet potato cultivation on smallholder farms in Mozambique

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Orange-fleshed sweet potato is an important source of macro-and micronutrients for humans, particularly in resource-poor rural communities. However, sweet potato cultivation removes large amounts of nutrients from the soil. Hence, soil fertility replenishment is vital to secure long-term food production. The lack of access to fertilizers hinders the ability of farmers to supply and replenish soil nutrients, intensifying...

Author(s):Rafaela Feola Conz, Engil Isadora Pujol Pereira, Abdul Naico, Maria Isabel Andrade, Johan Six

A comparative evaluation of nutrient content of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) larvae to other chicken feeds

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Fall armyworm (FAW) Spodoptera frugiperda is a devastating pest of over 350 plant species especially the cereal crops such as, maize, sorghum and rice. The pest is currently posing threats to food security in Africa. FAW could be potential animal feed that can supplement chicken feed. However, there is little information on its nutritional profile as poultry feed. The aim of the study was to compare the nutrient content of...

Author(s):Emilly Awuor Okello, Arnold Watako, Calleb Olweny Ochia, Ben Muok

Effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on the growth and development of maize (Zea mays L.) Grown in Bangui (Central African Republic) under controlled conditions

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) on the growth and development of maize (Zea mays) in a greenhouse at the University of Bangui for three months under controlled conditions. Data collection was done at 30, 60 and 90 days after sowing (DAS) for growth parameters (plant height, crown diameter, number of leaves) and above-ground, root and total biomass were...

Author(s):Elian Hubert Dieu-Béni, Touckia Gorgon Igor, Djamndo Djasbé Mathurin, Ngalambo Emmanuel, Ngonda Cesar, Gueret Egisthe, Goudidenango Eric Borgio

Analysis of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation towards Increase Resilience among Farmers in Borno State, Nigeria

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This study analyzed climate change vulnerability and adaptation among smallholder farmers in Borno State, Nigeria. The study was conducted in Sudan and Guinea savannah Agro-Ecological Zones (AEZ) of the State. Survey research design was employed for the study. Multi-stage sampling procedure was used in selecting 360 farmers for the study. Descriptive statistics such as percentages; frequencies, means and livelihood...

Author(s):Mohammed, D, Timothy, Jafaru

In vitro efficiency of crude extract of Ricinus communis, Abroma augusta, and Bombax ceiba seed on brinjal shoot and fruit borer, Leucinodes orbonalis Guenee

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Brinjal shoot and fruit borer, Leucinodes orbonalis Guenee is a major pest. The frequent use of toxic chemical insecticides ultimately pose a problem due to pollution of the environment, health hazards, and adverse effects on beneficial organisms. Hence, the current researches looked into the efficacy of various botanicals against brinjal pests. This experiment was carried out to see how ethyl acetate and methanol extracts...

Author(s):Mst. Rina Khatun, Md. Khasrul Alam, Md. Abdullah Al Masud,Md. Sabbir Ahmed, Md. Shahin rana, Md. Rezuanul Islam, Mohammad Abu Hena Mostofa Jamal

Effects of crops residues management systems on crops yields and chemical characteristics of tropical ferruginous soil in western Burkina Faso

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Crop residues' inappropriate management is the main constraint causing the decline in soil fertility and crop yields in Burkina Faso. This study was conducted at the Farako-Bâ research station from 2014 to 2019 to assess the effects of crop residue management to improve the sustainability of the cotton-cereal based production systems. The experimental design was complete randomized blocks of Fischer with four replications....

Author(s):Adama Ouattara, Bazoumana Koulibaly, Dehou Dakuo, Pascal Bazongo, Kalifa Coulibaly, Jake Mowrer, Hassan Bismarck Nacro

Variability of Soil Chemical Properties in Lower Wabishebele Sub-Basin in Somali Region Southeastern Ethiopia, as influenced by land use and land cover

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Study was performed at lower Wabishebele sub-basin in Somali region south eastern Ethiopia to analyze the land use and cover and spatial variability of soil chemical properties of the sub-basin and develop soil map. A total of 41 soil samples were collected from 0-30 cm depth and analyzed for; pH Total Nitrogen (TN), Available Phosphorus (AP), and Exchangeable Potassium (EK). The data was analyzed through descriptive...

Author(s):Dahir Yosuf Abdi, Derege Tsegaye Meshesha, Tadeos Shiferaw Woldegiorgis

Multiple Solutions for Rice farmers’ production constraints in Ethiopia: Cost efficient methods of sheath rot disease management.

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Rice sheath rot disease is one of the obstacles in Fogera plain of rain-fed rice production system. A cultivar called X-Jigna has been used by small scale farmers based on mono-cropping system for over two decades. This production system contributed to the disease occurrence and adversely impacted the production and productivity. So far, there were no any effective measures taken as research remedies in the rain-fed...

Author(s):Misganaw Anteneh Tegegne, Endayen Melaku Bayea, Ayele Tesfahun Gashu, Adane Melak, Desalegn Yalew, Derese Teshome Mekonen

Growth of Cyperus sesquiflorus (Torr.) Mattf. & Kük. (CAPIM CHEIROSO) in a greenhouse

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The growth of Cyperus sesquiflorus was characterized in an experiment with 4 replications and 15 treatments (0, 6, 17, 22, 28, 34, 40, 45, 49, 55, 61, 69, 76, 83 and 90 days after transplanting - DAT). Greater leaf length, diameter of the culm, dry matter, and biomass partitioning measurements were made. Alive leaves, inflorescences, alive and dead tillers were counted. The Tukey test at 5% was used for analysis. Greater...

Author(s):Andressa Cristina Ribeiro Assunção, Hugo Henrique Costa do Nascimento, Sâmia Andrícia Souza da Silva

Assessing the effects of Lecanicillium lecanii in the biological control of Early and Late Leaf spot of peanut in vitro (Burkina Faso, West Africa)

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Early and late leaf spots caused by Cercospora arachidicola and Phaeoisariopsis personata respectively, are the most widespread peanut fungal diseases in West Africa. These diseases lead to notable crop losses in the rural area. In the recent decades, chemical fungicides are used to fight against crop losses, but these chemical substances cause big damages to the environment including the animals and human beings. Thus,...

Author(s):Tounwendsida Abel Nana, Adama Zongo, Bawomon Fidèle Neya, Philippe Sankara

Elite local rice varieties resistant to bacterial leaf streak caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola under field conditions in Burkina Faso

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Our study aims to evaluate the phenotype of nine genotypes of rice, during two consecutive seasons, in plots of rice farmers in irrigated plains Kou valley and Di. We implanted a Fisher block with three replicates at both of these sites on plots that had previously been shown to have a high incidence of BLS. The incidence, severity, growth rate of the disease, and the average yield of the different genotypes tested were...

Author(s):Sylvain Zougrana, Issa Wonni, Kadidia Koïta, Boris Szurek

Characterized and Classified the soils of Enemor Ener Woreda, southern Ethiopia to analyse their agricultural potential for sustainable development

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A reliable soil data play vital role in understanding the soil environment and its services. Therefore, a study was conducted to understand their physico-chemical and morphological properties of the soils and characterize, classify and map them. Three slope categories were considered and nineteen (19) representative opened pits (Pedons) in each slope was described according to WRB (2014), and then soil from horizons of...

Author(s):Francis Abuye, Mitiku Haile, Wassie Haile

Evaluation of Faba bean (Vicia faba L.) varieties for yield and yield contributing traits in the southern parts of Ethiopia.

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Faba bean (Vicia faba L.) is among the major grain legumes cultivated and used extensively as a break crop in the highlands. However, production is insufficient because crop yields are low. After all, lack of improved and farmers preferred varieties. Therefore, it is a vital issue to identify and select the best performing varieties to enhance faba bean yield. The study was conducted with aim of identifying and selecting...

Author(s):Tasew Derese and Fitsum Alemayehu

Response of Common Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to Seed Treatment in Central, Kenya

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Seed treatment presents an opportunity to boost bean productivity, however, the technology has not been widely tested in Kenya and the sub Saharan Africa region. An experiment was carried out at Kandara, Central Kenya to compare the effects of seed treatment applications on bean performance. The split-plot design experiment with three replicates included four seed treatment products: Apron Star, Seed Plus, Gro Plus and...

Author(s):Boaz S. Waswa, Eliezah Kamau, David Karanja, Franklin Mairura

Modeling the water balance of a ruminant production system in the semi-arid region

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In the Brazilian semi-arid region, most cattle properties that use small dams as a source of water are unaware of the water balance of this system, which makes it difficult to plan and use this resource rationally. In this context, the objective was to demonstrate the impact of water consumption from a ruminant production system in a small reservoir. The water use model was developed using the Vensim PLE™ software for a...

Author(s):Samuel Rocha Maranhão, Rodrigo Gregório da Silva, Gherman Garcia Leal de Araújo, Magno José Duarte Cândido

Effects of parent material and shaking time on the release of adsorbed sulphate in selected soils of Nigerian Sudan Savanna

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The absorption of Sulphate (S) by plants depends on the desorption of S from soils. We studied the effects of parent material and extraction time on the release of adsorbed sulphate from the soils developed across different parent materials namely; Chad formation (CF), Basement complex rock (BCR) and Kerri-Kerri formation (KKF) in the Sudan savanna. In the desorption experiment, soils were allowed to adsorb sulphate as in...

Author(s):Murabbi Aliyu and Abdu, N

Presence of metals in farmland edible termites in Mazabuka District, Zambia.

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Edible termites have played an important role in the history of human nutrition due to their nutritional value. Despite their nutritional body content, it is known that during their termitarium construction, termites accumulate metals in their bodies. This study examined the heavy metal content in selected edible termites for food safety. The household survey was carried out in 8 camps of Magoye and Stateland farming...

Author(s):Meekness Kapaale, Darius Otiato Andika, Philip Obed Yobe Nkunika

Initial performance of Barbados gooseberry plants grown on different soil covers.

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Barbados gooseberry is an unconventional food plant with great protein production potential for human consumption. A field experiment was conducted with four types of soil covers and six replications to optimize the cultivation of this plant. Treatments were composed of four soil covers, forage peanut, straw from sun hemp and millet, white plastic cover, and a treatment without soil cover and with hoeing. After...

Author(s):Roberto Gomes Vital, Juliana Nascimento silva, Marcos Lopes Rodovalho, Abadia dos Reis Nascimento

What Factors Influence the Dominance of X-Jigna Cultivar under Smallholder Rice Production in Fogera Plain, Northwest Ethiopia?

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The goal of this study is to learn more about the status and factors that influence the up taking of improved rice varieties in Fogera plain, which is a well-known rice farming area in Ethiopia. A total of 155 rice-producing households were chosen through a systematic random sampling method. Simple descriptive statistics like mean, frequency, percentage, and standard deviation were used to characterize the sample...

Author(s):Adane Melak Beyene, Ayele Tesfahun Gashu, Misganaw Anteneh Tegegne

Impacts of Rust Resistant Wheat Varieties adoption on Productivity and Commercialization; Empirical evidence from Arsi and West Arsi Zones, Ethiopia

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This paper aims to investigate the determinants of smallholder farmers’ rust resistant wheat adoption and impact on productivity and commercialization level. Based on the double hurdle model to identify the determinants of adoption of rust resistant wheat varieties, the study obtained sex of household head, active family size, farming experience, market (output) distance and location variable were important variables in...

Author(s):Tesfaye Solomon, Daniel Kasa

Principles of Management and Agricultural Activities” - study with specific reference Paddy crop in Southern part of Karnataka.

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The whole world has concluded in this chaotic and confusing world that doing any activity with the wisdom of achieving great heights is only possible through following a systematic approach, i.e. management principles. In the recent past, management principles are gaining a lot of importance for obvious reasons. In the VUCA world, the job of decision-makers is more trivial than before irrespective of any field. With this...

Author(s):Prakash HS and Kavitha GC

Effect of Terminal Drought Stress on Agronomic Traits in Recombinant Inbred Line Population in Comparison with a Reference Set

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Sorghum has innate tolerance for drought, yet when it encounters terminal drought stress owing to reduction in soil moisture, at time of booting, causes reduction in yield and associated traits. The current study was conducted to evaluate two populations (recombinant inbred line and a reference set population) in treatment plots by inducing stress at booting stage and withholding irrigation against control plots. The...

Author(s):Vinutha K Somegowda, Jalaja Naravula, Anilkumar Vemula, Abhishek Rathore, Rajeev Guptaa, Santosh P Deshpande

Traditional processing and quality attributes of Dambou, a steamed coarse Semolina

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Dambou is a traditional cereal-based food consumed in northern Benin. The traditional production method, marketing and consumption of Dambou were evaluated through a field investigation. A semi-structured questionnaire composed of socio-cultural profile of the stakeholders, nature of raw materials and processing methods used in Dambou production, quality attributes and consumption forms of Dambou was administrated to...

Author(s):Janvier Mêlégnonfan Kindossi, Ogouyôm Herbert Iko Afé, Carole N. A. Vihotogbe-Sossa, Véronique Blandine Codé, Paulin Azokpota

Prospects and constraints faced by Smallholder Farmers in the cultivation of GM crops: a case study from Northern Ghana

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As Ghana prepares to commence commercialization of Genetically Modified (GM) crops, this paper reports findings of a survey that sought the views of smallholder farmers in northern Ghana on the likely prospects and constraints of GM crops cultivation. Multi-stage sampling techniques were employed to sample 360 smallholder farmers across (ten) 10 districts in northern Ghana with interviews, guided by semi-structured...

Author(s):Zakaria H, Obeng FK, Quainoo AK

Analysis of the Determinants of Adoption of Bio-Herbicide Technology for Sustainable Food Production in the North-Eastern Region of Nigeria

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There is a growing concern in many developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa on the harmful effects of synthetic herbicide usage on the agro-ecology as well as food crop production. Therefore, this study focused on analysing the factors that influence the adoption of Bio-herbicide Technology as an alternative to the chemical herbicides used by rural farmers in the North-Eastern region of Nigeria. Multi-stage random...

Author(s):Adewuyi, K. A. , Offar, G.

Genetic and phenotypic correlations of age at first calving and early growth traits of Holstein Friesian x Boran crossbred dairy cattle at Holetta, central highland of Ethiopia

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The objective of this study was to estimate the genetic and phenotypic correlation between age at first calving and early growth traits for Holstein Frisian x Ethiopian Boran crossbred cattle in central highland of Ethiopia. The data used for this study was sourced from records of Holetta Agricultural Research Center (HARC) dairy cattle herds’ farm collected from 2000 to 2019. The genetic and phenotypic correlation values...

Author(s):Fikadu Wodajo Tirfie

Analysis of yam value chain in Kwara State,

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The development of dynamic agricultural value chains has been acknowledged to offer considerable scope in improving the livelihood of the value chain players. This study analyzed the profitability and marketing margins obtained by actors at various nodes of the yam value chain; and examined the organizations of the value chain, linkages among the key actors as well as the challenges faced by actors in the value chain in...

Author(s):Yusuf,T. M, Moshood, H. B

Livestock production interventions to manage livestock poverty and deaths in Southern Zimbabwe. A case of Mwenezi District

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Livestock Production in Mwenezi District has become more susceptible to the devastating effects of climatic variability and change which are undermining expected developmental gains from the livestock value chain. Climate change and its associated impacts are increasing the intensity of livestock poverty and deaths across all forms of livestock. The study examined livestock production interventions implemented to reduce...

Author(s):Rameck Defe, Mark Matsa

An investigation into the multipurpose tree species in Bauchi state, Nigeria

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Ethnobotanical studies provides a meaningful step in bioprospecting and conservation of plant resources. The aim of the present study is to identify the multipurpose tree species in use by local people. Stratified random sampling technique was employed in the study and information was collected using semi-structured interviews and group discussion, analyzed and compared by quantitative ethnobotanical indices such as...

Author(s):Wakili, A., Biri, H.B, Abdullahi, M. B

Dry matter intake, dry matter digestibility and growth performance in goats fed grass-based diet (Brachiaria or Cenchrus) compared with a concentrate-based diet

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Dry matter digestibility (DMD), dry matter intake (DMI) and growth performance of concentrate- and forage-based diets were investigated using 24 growing Blended goats (12 males, 12 females) weighing 16.5±1.2kg (mean±sd). Goats were blocked by sex and assigned randomly to three dietary treatments that were fed for 10 weeks, after two weeks of adaptation. Dietary treatments were MRG (40% maize bran, 40% rice bran, 20%...

Author(s):Peter Rogers Ruvuga, , Ewa Wredle, George Ferdinand Fupi, Christopher Augustino Mtwange, Boniface Richard Kasiba, Ismail Saidi Selemani, Cecilia Kronqvist

Robustness of food security and policy trust on smallholder participation in Ghana’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

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The Planting for Food and Jobs programme was initiated in 2017 as a strategy to create jobs, promote food production and enhance food security in Ghana, especially among smallholder farmers. This research applies mixed research approach to explore the robustness of policy trust and food security risk on smallholder participation in the programme. Using multistage sampling, a total of 164 respondents were selected for the...

Author(s):Nakuja Tekuni, Godwin H. Kyere, Samuel Afotey Anang ,Nicholas Oppong Mensah

Co-addition of potassium humate and vinasse enhances growth and yield in "Wonderful" pomegranate under sandy soil

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Although "Wonderful" pomegranate has recently been cultivated in large areas of sandy soil in Egypt, it produces a low yield and quality. Soil applications of potassium humate and vinasse could effectively be used in sandy soil to enhance soil nutrient status as well as to enhance crops growth and productivity. "Wonderful" pomegranate trees at the Experimental Research Station of National Research Centre, Nubaria, El...

Author(s):Hassan A. M. Ali, E. Abd El-Razek , M.M.M. Abd El-Migeed , Fatma El-Zahraa M. Gouda

Status of Maintenance/Repair Servitization in the Agricultural Machinery Sector

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Servitization means the adding of value to a product offering through service, and it has become an attractive strategy through which manufacturers can increase revenues without proportionally increasing costs. This paper reviews the status of the practice with reference to the agricultural machinery sector. It describes the benefits that could accrue to equipment manufactures and/or dealerships on the one hand, and...

Author(s):F.K.A Nyarko, Samuel M. Sackey

Effect of shocks on diversification of climate smart agriculture in Nyando, South Western Kenya.

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Africa’s socio-economic progress has been negatively influenced by climate change. The impact has largely been experienced in the agricultural sector mainly by smallholder farmers who have not only experienced food insecurity, but also economic constraints. The smallholder farmers are ignorant of agricultural and weather early warning systems. They rely on congenital techniques to cope with climatic and weather-related...

Author(s):Victor Kimutai Rutto, Kamau Gathiaka

Evaluation of the residual effect of bioslurry effluent on biological yield and nutritional content of swiss chard (beta vulgaris l)

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An experiment was conducted to evaluate the residual effect of inorganic fertilizer and bioslurry application on biological yield and nutrient content of Swiss chard. The study was conducted at Döhne Agricultural Development Institute (DADI) (32°31’ 34.077” S; 27°27’ 37.473” E) in Stutterheim, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Following planting and harvesting of two Swiss chard cultivars (Fordhook giant and Star 1801) in soil...

Author(s):Azile Dumani, Tembakazi T Silwana, Babalwa Mpambani, Retief P Celliers, Mongezi M Mbangcolo

Sustainable Grazing Land Management and Impediments of the Local Knowledge: the Case of Borana Pastoral Communities, Southern Ethiopia

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Target of the study was to examine the socioeconomic factors and natural causes influencing the sustainable rangeland management practices of Borana. It used a quantitative approach based on a questionnaire administered to a representative sample. The researcher purposively draw three study sites grounded on the potential livestock population and access to communal rangeland holding. The research contacted 251...

Author(s):Benti Tafesse

Socio-economic factors affecting the adoption of wheat variety (Triticum aestivum) in Mesela Woreda, West Harerghe Zone.

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Wheat is beneficial to man long before the dawn of recorded history and it is one of the most important cereals to Africa. Ethiopia is one of the most important wheat producers in sub-Saharan African next to South Africa. This paper was the study result of the socio-economic factors that affect the adoption of wheat in the Mesela district of West Harerghe Zone. To this effect, I used a combination of quantitative and...

Author(s):Shuker Fuad M

Assessment of water yam (Dioscorea alata L.) landrace varieties for resistance to anthracnose disease

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Yam anthracnose disease (YAD), caused by the fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides Penz., is the most damaging fungal disease of Dioscorea alata yam worldwide. Local yam varieties, which sustain Côte d'Ivoire’s farmers and other end-users livelihoods, are highly susceptible to this pathogen. Thus, there is a need for developing new yam cultivars to sustain yam production in Côte d'Ivoire. To achieve such objective,...

Author(s):Lassana Bakayoko, Désiré N’Da Pokou, Brice Sidoine Essis, Amani Michel Kouakou, Konan Evrard Brice Dibi, Abou Bakari Kouassi, Boni N’zue, Tchymon Timothée Koutouan, Goli Pierre Zohouri, Assanvo Simon Pierre N’Guetta, Paterne Agre, Jean Mubalama Mondo, Patrick Adebola

Challenges and Opportunities of Soybean Production Technologies in Kondala District Oromia Western Ethiopia

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Soybean is an important legume crop which has high contents of protein, vitamins and minerals. The productivity of the soybean crop at national and particularly at study area was very low. To improve such low productivity, adoption of high yielding varieties with appropriate fertilizer application was very important. This study was tried to investigate the challenges of adoption status make variation among farmers on...

Author(s):Mulu Kaba

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