African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6559

Table of Content: 16 July 2015; 10(29)

July 2015

Heterosis and leaf curl virus resistance in rainy season tomato under North Indian conditions

Purpose of this study was to identify heterotic hybrids of tomato resistant to leaf curl virus disease. Eleven parental lines and their 55 one-way F1 crosses produced in a diallel mating design were evaluated for fruit yield, fruit quality, tomato leaf curl virus (TLCV) resistance and other important traits at Research Farm of the Department of Vegetable Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (India)...

Author(s): Prashant Kaushik, Major Singh Dhaliwal, Salesh Kumar Jindal, Ashutosh Srivastava, Vikrant Tyagi, Navjot Singh Brar and Mahesh Kumar Rana

July 2015

Poverty experienced by crop farmers in crude oil polluted areas of Rivers State, Nigeria using socio-economic variables

Poverty experienced by crop farmers’ households in crude oil polluted areas of Rivers State, Nigeria was determined using socio-economic variables. Data were collected by multistage sampling technique and a total of 296 questionnaires were analysed. Results of crop farming experience showed that there was higher level of incidence of poverty (P0 = 63.8%) among crude oil polluted crop farmer households as compared...

Author(s): Thankgod Peter Ojimba

July 2015

Levels and phases of defoliation affect biomass production of pearl millet ADR 300

The aim of this study was to assess biomass production of pearl millet as a function of levels and phases of defoliation. The experiment was carried out in a protected environment at the Fazenda União experimental farm in the municipality of Nova Xavantina, MT, Brazil, in 8 dm3 capacity pots in soil classified as dystrophic red Latosol. The experimental design used was randomized blocks in a 5 × 3 + 1...

Author(s): Alan Mario Zuffo, Joacir Mario Zuffo Júnior, Saulo Gabriel de Faria Dias, Pedro Milanez de Rezende, Adriano Tedoro Bruzi, Everton Vinicius Zambiazzi and Igor Oliveri Soares

July 2015

Seasonal diet preference of cattle, sheep and goats grazing on the communal grazing rangeland in the Central District of Botswana

Diet composition, forage preference and diet overlap among of goats, sheep and cattle grazing on communal rangeland in the Central District of Botswana were evaluated to determine the potential for forage competition to provide better ideas for managing these rangelands. Diets and forage preference were determined through microhistological faecal analysis. Animal faeces and reference plant material of the study area...

Author(s): W. N. Mphinyane, G. Tacheba and J. Makore

July 2015

Determinants of intensity of market participation among banana traders in western Kenya

Traders both wholesaler and retailers play a significant role in banana markets. In Kenya the banana market is not fully developed. This demands targeted studies to assess their performance.  This study aims at examining banana traders’ intensity of participation in the markets and constraining factors. A survey was conducted in 2013 in four counties. One hundred and ninety traders were randomly selected...

Author(s): Wanyama J. Masinde, Gideon A. Obare, George Owuor and Lusike Wasilwa

July 2015

An interdisciplinary framework to study farmers’ decisions on adoption of innovation: Insights from Expected Utility Theory and Theory of Planned Behavior

This study presented a conceptual framework based on Expected Utility Theory (EUT) and Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to study farmers’ decision on adoption of innovations. The framework explains the adoption decisions as a dynamic process, assuming a complex interaction of groups of variables coming from both theories. The combination of EUT and TPB overcomes some restrictions that arise when just one theory is...

Author(s): João Augusto Rossi Borges, Luzardo Foletto and Vanderson Teixeira Xavier

July 2015

Effect of deficit irrigation on yield and yield components of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) on Gezira clay soil, Sudan

Sunflower has become an important crop for both farmers and consumers in Sudan. It is a crop that fits well in the local cropping system and is considered one of the most important oil crops of the country. Regular irrigation intervals could be reduced in order to increase total yield and maximize water productivity. In contrast prolonged irrigation intervals during sensitive growth stages may result in reduction in...

Author(s): Eman R. A. Elsheikh, Bart Schultz, Abraham M. H. and Hussein S. Adam

July 2015

Effect of different sources of lipids in diet on the qualitative characteristics of Longissimus thoracis muscle of cattle finished in feedlots

The objective of this study was to determine the effect of the dietary inclusion of lipid-based diets (whole cottonseed and protected fat) on the pH, meat color and fat, tenderness and cooking yield in Longissimus thoracis muscle of cattle feedlot. Were used 39 Nellore cattle uncastrated with average initial body weight of 494.1 ± 10.1 kg and 36 months of age were housed for 63 days in pens with thirteen animals...

Author(s): Erico da Silva Lima, Jozivaldo Prudêncio Gomes de Morais, Roberto de Oliveira Roça, Ernani Nery de Andrade, Tiago Neves Pereira Valente, Quézia Pereira Borges da Costa and Bruno Borges Deminicis

July 2015

Export quality surgical cotton from NE India

Pesticide free premium quality surgical cotton with a competitive price advantage is available in the north eastern states dominating with Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram, Tripura, in Jhum cultivation (Gossypium arboreum cernum) and north coastal Andhra Pradesh states, India (G. arboreum indicum) which are the natural home. G. arboreum Cvars LD 230 and RG-8 will be useful to grow commercially in north eastern India under...

Author(s): A. Ravinder Raju, G. Majumdar, B. Uma, T. Pradeep, S. Laksman, S. Sarma and A. Roy

July 2015

Isolation and inoculation of diazotrophic bacteria in rice (Oryza sativa L.) grown in Vitoria da Conquista - BA

With the aim of isolating and inoculating diazotrophics bacteria, which is an efficient biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) in rice in Vitoria da Conquista - Ba, the present study was carried out in three steps. In the experiment of inoculation of diazotrophics bacteria, BRS Tropical and BRS MG Curinga, inoculation with the strain of bacterium ZAE 94, absence of inoculation and four doses of N (0, 20, 60 and 100 kg ha-1)...

Author(s): Tarciana de Oliveira Viana, , Joelma da Silva Santos, Celsiane Manfredi, Renato Valadares de Sousa Moreira, Vera Lúcia Divan Baldani and Joilson Silva Ferreira

July 2015

Response of soil test crop response (STCR) approach as an optimizing plant nutrient supply on yield and quality of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.)

The field experiment was carried out in 2013 to 2014 rainy season at the Main Agricultural Research Station, UAS, Raichur, India to study the response of soil test crop response (STCR) approach on the yield and quality of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). The experiment was laid out by Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) design with three replications. The analysis of variance revealed that the application of...

Author(s): Tegegnework G. W., Shanwad U. K., Desai B. K., Koppalakar B. G., Shankergoud I. and Wubayehu G. W.