African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6849

Table of Content: 19 January, 2017; 12(3)

January 2017

Analysis of colourfastness of fabrics treated with dyes extracted from Roselle calyces

The dyeing potential of roselle (Hibiscus sabdarifa) extract variously extracted by boiling, steeping and ethanol solvent were evaluated with three dye fixatives (potassium aluminum sulphate (alum), tannic acid, and citric acid), to study their effects on cotton (100%), stone silk (60% silk:40% polyester) and polyester (100%) fabrics. Colourfastness to sunlight, washing, perspiration (acid and alkali) and rubbing...

Author(s): Ozougwu Stella U. and Anyakoha U.

January 2017

Improving the competitiveness of dairy production via value chain approach: The case of Lemu-Bilbilo district in Arsi highlands of Ethiopia

This study was initiated with the purpose to assess the dairy value chain in Lemu-Bilbilo district of Arsi zone, Ethiopia. This study made use of both qualitative and quantitative data collected from primary and secondary sources. Different Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) techniques were utilized to collect primary data in July 2012. The dairy value chain in Lemu-Bilbilo district involves six distinct value adding...

Author(s): Mesay Yami, Bedada Begna and Getachew Legese

January 2017

Standardizing germination tests for quinoa seeds

The standard germination tests have been commonly used on commercial grain crops, such as soybean, field beans, rice and maize. However, there are no standard tests for potential new crops; quinoa being one of them. This work is aimed at evaluating the effect of substrate, temperature and counting time in seed germination of quinoa. The following treatments were used in tests with seeds: on blotter paper, between...

Author(s): Flívia Fernandes de Jesus Souza, Julia Emanuela Almeida de Souza, Nara Oliveira Silva Souza, Carlos Roberto Spehar and Thais Fernandes de Jesus

January 2017

Study on termite damage to different species of tree seedlings in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

A high density of termite mounds is common in the Maki-Batu area of the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. To determine whether farmers consider termites as one of their problems in growing trees and practices they use to manage termites, short semi-structured questionnaires were distributed to farmers selected randomly. To evaluate the efficacy of some non-chemical control methods, Eucalyptus camaldulensis seedlings of...

Author(s): Daniel Getahun Debelo and Emana Getu Degaga

January 2017

Determinants of the Brazilian Amazon deforestation

The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest biome, containing almost 50% of the planet’s known biodiversity and is the biggest source of fresh water, which is approximately one-fifth of the global reserves. However, the sustainable use of this ecosystem is threatened by several factors, and deforestation is the main problem. This study addresses the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon forest, in...

Author(s): Pedro Guilherme de Andrade Vasconcelos, Humberto Angelo, Alexandre Nascimento de Almeida, Eraldo Aparecido Trondoli Matricardi, Eder Pereira Miguel, Álvaro Nogueira de Souza, Maristela Franchetti de Paula, Joaquim Carlos Goncalez and Maísa Santos Joaquim

January 2017

Incidence of viruses and virus-like diseases of watermelons and pumpkins in Uganda, a hitherto none-investigated pathosystem

Common impromptu observations between 2010 and 2012 of apparent virus-like disease symptoms in watermelons and pumpkins in Uganda prompted this study. However, there was no recorded evidence of virus infection in these crops anywhere in Uganda or eastern Africa as a region. Thus, 374 and 522 watermelon and pumpkin plants, respectively, growing in 13 fields were surveyed to record virus-like disease symptoms in...

Author(s): Fred B. Masika#, Ronald Kisekka, Titus Alicai and Arthur K. Tugume#

January 2017

Controlled water stress in uniformity of maturity and productivity of conilon coffee

The aim of this work was to evaluate the uniformity of fruit maturity and the productivity of conilon coffee in function of different periods of water stress in the post-harvest period. The study was conducted in a field from August 2014 to July 2015 in an old coffee crop of conilon coffee, cultivar Vitória 'Incaper 8142', cultivated at a spacing of 3.0 × 1.2 m, located at the Federal Institute of...

Author(s): Jorge Montoanelli Correa⊃, Gustavo Haddad Souza Vieira⊃, Diego Corona Baitelle⊃, Jéssica Broseghini Loss⊃, Paola Alfonsa Vieira Lo Monaco⊃, Ismail Ramalho Haddade⊃, Caroline Merlo Meneghelli⊃, Vítor Vargas Schwan, Renan Birchler and Fernando Zanotti Madalon⊃

January 2017

Nitrogen and potassium fertirrigation on yield characteristics of Italian Zucchini in protected cultivation

This study aimed to evaluate the effect of different doses of nitrogen and potassium applied through fertirrigation on yield characteristics of Italian Zucchini, Novita Plus cultivar. The experiment was conducted in a greenhouse at the Irrigation Technical Center of the State University of Maringá, Maringá - PR, adopting a completely randomized design in a 4 x 4 factorial scheme, with three replications....

Author(s): André Felipe Barion Alves Andrean, Cláudia Lozano Salim, Tiago Luan Hachmann, Roberto Rezende and André Ribeiro Da Costa