African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6859

Table of Content: 20 February, 2014; 9(8)

February 2014

Effect of feeding varying levels of banana peelings supplemented with maize bran, cotton seed cake and Gliricidia sepium on the performance of lactating dairy cows

Potential of banana peelings (BP) as animal feed for lactating dairy cows was evaluated. The cows were fed BP at 0, 20, 40 and 60% levels of their daily ration. The diets were supplemented with maize bran, cottonseed cake and Gliricidia Sepium to make them iso-nitrogenous. Four multi-parous cows were allotted to each of the four dietary treatments in a 4×4 Latin square design. Dry matter intake on diets with 40...

Author(s): Justine Nambi-Kasozi, Elly N. Sabiiti, Felix B. Bareeba and Eva Sporndly

February 2014

Effect of different potassium levels on mungbean under custard apple based agri-horti system

The experiment was conducted to study the effect of different potassium levels on mungbean under custard apple based agri-horti system at Agricultural Research Farm of Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, Barkachha, Mirzapur. The experiment was conducted in a complete randomized block design with seven treatments which were replicated thrice. These treatments were different doses of potassium, that is, 0 kg/ha (T1), 20 kg/ha...

Author(s): Pranav Kumar, Pravesh Kumar, Tarkeshwar Singh, Anil Kumar Singh and Ram Ishwar Yadav

February 2014

Safety of horticultural and livestock products in two medium-sized cities of Mali and Burkina Faso

Despite their contribution to food security, animal products and vegetables from urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) often raise public health and environmental concerns, given high use of agro-chemicals, organic fertilizers and wastewater. This study exemplarily investigated contamination of selected horticultural and livestock products (milk and irrigated lettuce with a potentially high microbiological...

Author(s): Hamadoun Amadou, Christian Hülsebusch, Abou Berthe, and Eva Schlecht

February 2014

Chemical composition and relative feed value of three Mediterranean fodder shrubs

This study was conducted to compare forage quality of three dominant Mediterranean species (Haloxylon schmittianum, Anabasis articulata, Astragalus armatus) in a semi-arid rangeland, Tebessa, east of Algeria. The shrubs were hand harvested at the flowering stage. Chemical composition includes: Crud protein (CP), acid detergent fiber (ADF), neutral detergent fiber (NDF), ether extract (EE), ash. Dry matter digestibility...

Author(s): Rabah Mayouf and Fodil Arbouche

February 2014

Dinotefuran: A third generation neonicotinoid insecticide for management of rice brown planthopper

The field experiments were conducted for evaluation of Dinotefuran, a third generation neonicotinoid insecticide, against brown planthopper (BPH) in farmer’s field at Sahebganj village (Block- Bhatar, Dist. – Burdwan), West Bengal, India during kharif, 2008-09 and 2009-10. Seven treatments contained four doses of dinotefuran at 15, 20, 25 and 30 g ai./ha, imidacloprid at 25 g ai./ha and acephate at 400 g...

Author(s): A. Ghosh, A. Samanta and M. L. Chatterjee

February 2014

Hairy root induction of Psoralea corylifolia for enhanced production of antifungal compound against red rots pathogen Colletotrichum falcatum

Agrobacterium rhizogenes strains viz., 532, 2364 and A4 were used to induce hairy roots in Psoralea corylifolia. Strain A4 induced the maximum hairy roots in leaf explants with root induction frequency of 80%. Manual wounding of explant with the addition of 100 µM acetosyringone in the medium resulted in better induction of hairy roots. Transfer of Ri plasmid was confirmed by the detection of ags gene in...

Author(s): D. Rajkumar and R. Murugesan

February 2014

Theory of conventions and stakeholder dialogue: The Brazilian environmental sustainability conflicts

The objective of this study is to propose a framework for a better comprehension of the agribusiness stakeholders’ participation in the bioenergy versus food production dilemma in the context of climate change. To understand this theme, the theory of convention, network and the conflict of bioenergy and food production was used. The object of the studies was the Institute for Responsible Agribusiness’ (ARES)...

Author(s): Denise Barros De Azevedo, Guilherme Cunha Malafaia and Jersone Tasso Moreira Silva

February 2014

Participatory wheat varietal selection in Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan

Participatory varietal selection is a rapid and cost effective way of identifying farmer’s preferred variety from diverse genetic material. A number of indigenous advanced wheat lines, and exotic material from CIMMYT, ICARDA and Turkey were tested using participatory varietal selection during 1998 to 2001 in the northern areas (Gilgit Baltistan) of Pakistan. Based on the farmers’ preference criteria, annual...

Author(s): Maqsood Qamar, Riaz-Ud-Din, Dulat Baig, Muhammad Sohail, Syed Haider Abbas  and Salman Ali

February 2014

Bulb quality of Garlic (Allium sativum L.) as influenced by the application of inorganic fertilizers

Garlic is an important cash crop for smallholder farmers in Ethiopia. Bulb quality is an important attribute that adds to the use and marketability of the crop. However, garlic bulb quality is constrained by several factors in the country among which imbalanced and low availability of nutrients in the soil is prominent. Therefore, a study was conducted on two soil types (Andosol and Vertisol) with the objective of...

Author(s): Diriba-Shiferaw G., Nigussie-Dechassa R., Kebede Woldetsadik, Getachew Tabor  and J. J. Sharma

February 2014

Engineering innovation in developing rural load carrier operated jute seed drill for farm workers

Jute provides employment to 40 million farmers and 0.2 million workers in factories in India. Weeding and pesticide spraying are serious problems in the crop due to scattered germination and higher planting density, owing to the absence of effective planting mechanisms, which increase the cost of production and decrease the yield and quality. The current research relates to a self-propelled seed drill, derived from...

Author(s): Narendra Singh Chandel, V. K. Tewari and Vidhu K. P.