African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6839

Table of Content: 12 October, 2017; 12(41)

October 2017

Characterization of the levels of cassava commercialization among smallholder farmers in Kenya: A multinomial regression approach

Cassava commercialization is a concept that has been used by many development practitioners because of its possible strategic role in transforming livelihoods of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, including Siaya and Kilifi Counties in Kenya. This concept can easily be implemented when the levels of commercialization is known. However, empirical evidence reveals little information on the levels of cassava...

Author(s): Florence Achieng Opondo, Peter Dannenberg and Maximilian Willkomm

October 2017

Induction of antioxidant system in niger (Guizotia abyssinica Cass.) under drought stress

Drought stress is a highly pervasive and economically damaging abiotic stress that affects plant yield and productivity worldwide. Physiologically, drought stress in plants is associated with oxidative stress leading to tissue damage. Drought stress imposed over 72 h in 10 days old seedlings of Guizotia abyssinica Cass, niger (cv; RCR-18) under greenhouse conditions resulted in elevated levels of oxidative stress...

Author(s): Kavya H. Naik and Varadahalli R. Devaraj

October 2017

Promoting micro, small and medium enterprises in beekeeping in Zambia’s Central Province: Making a case for the adoption of business incubation strategy

Beekeeping has been a thriving enterprise among farmers in selected parts of Zambia. However, despite its enormous potential for transforming rural communities and through income generation, the beekeeping sector has experienced stunted growth for many years (or has not experienced meaningful growth for many years). Therefore, this study investigates the nature of beekeeping in selected parts of Zambia’s Central...

Author(s): Hamauswa S., Mulenga J., Shula R. B. and Malunga M. M.

October 2017

The influence of organic manure formulated from goat manure on growth and yield of tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum)

The influence of organic hydroponic nutrient solution on tomato growth and yield was studied using a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three treatments (organic nutrient solution, conventional hydroponic fertiliser (as positive control) and plain tap water (as negative control)) replicated three times. Determinate tomato seeds were germinated and transplanted into the 3 treatments. Twenty days after...

Author(s): Edgar Mowa, Levi Akundabweni, Percy Chimwamurombe, Effiom Oku and Hupenyu Allan Mupambwa

October 2017

Multi-locational evaluation of cooking banana cultivars ‘NARITA 4’ hybrid and ‘Mpologoma’ in Rwanda

This study assessed the growth and yield of two introduced cooking banana cultivars ‘Mpologoma’ and ‘NARITA 4’ relative to seven local highland cooking cultivars, across three sites in Rwanda, namely Karongi (1496 m a.s.l.), Gatore (1523 m a.s.l.) and Rwinzuki (1671 m a.s.l.). Data were obtained during two cropping cycles (plant crop cycle and the 1st ratoon). Data on pseudostem girth (cm) at 100...

Author(s): Ndayitegeye O., Blomme G., Ocimati W., Crichton R., Ntamwira J., Muchunguzi P., Van Asten P., Bahati L. and Gaidashova S.

October 2017

Slaughter performance and meat quality of intact and castrated Washera sheep kept under feedlot condition

A study was conducted to evaluate the feedlot performance in carcass traits and meat quality of intact and castrated Washera sheep under low (300 g/day) and high (450 g/day) dry matter (DM) levels of concentrate mix supplementation. The concentrate mix contained 68% wheat bran and 32% noug seed cake. 24 sheep (12 intact and 12 castrated) with age range of 9 to 10 months and initial weight of 24.1±1.8 kg (mean...

Author(s): Melese Gashu, Mengistu Urge, Getachew Animut and Dereje Tadesse