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: 23 October 2014; 9(43)

October 2014

Shea butter processing as an engine of poverty reduction in Northern Ghana: Case study of four communities in the Bolgatanga Municipality

Peasant farming had been seen for many years as a means of fighting rural poverty in the Sub-Saharan zone of Africa. With the passing of time, new researches had shown that the notion is fading off since studies have established that only a small percentage of those farms have seen expansion and intensification leaving the rest stagnated with lowering productivity, decrease in size and low output. Alternative sources of...

Author(s): Alena Hatskevich, Karel Srnec and Joseph Eminzang Essilfie

October 2014

Preliminary study on the prevalence and risk factors associated with gastrointestinal parasites of Camel in Yabello district, Southern rangelands of Ethiopia

A cross sectional study design was used to determine the prevalence and species spectrum of major gastrointestinal parasites affecting camels; and to find out risk factors associated with this parasitic infestation in Yabello district, southern rangelands of Ethiopia. A total of 412 camels of all age and sex were examined between August, 2011 and March, 2012. Collected faecal samples were processed by standard...

Author(s): Ararsa Duguma, Eyob Eshetu and Eyob Gelan

October 2014

Alternatives for remediation and decontamination of soils from Brazil

The aim of this work is to identify the main sources of contamination of soils, their effects on organisms also presenting alternatives for remediation and decontamination of these contaminated environments. The soils have in their composition organisms that are naturally present, as well as the presence of contaminants in increasing proportion when compared to the world industrialization and modernization of...

Author(s): Valmir Souza, Ricardo Felipe Braga Sousa, Luiz Claudio Offemann, Vanessa Vaz and Affonso Celso Gonã Alves Jr.

October 2014

Towards a theoretical framework for sustainable smallholder irrigation farming: A case study of Lusip smallholder sugar-cane farmers in Swaziland

The government of Swaziland has fully recognized the role of smallholder irrigation development in poverty reduction hence intensive investments have been made to empower rural smallholder farmers through irrigation. The Lower Usuthu Irrigation Project (LUSIP) is one of the projects which strive to empower 2600 rural poor households to attain an improved quality of life and be able to sustain it. The study sought to...

Author(s): Mphumelelo Ndlovu, Cliff S. Dlamini and Banele Nkambule

October 2014

A comparative analysis of the agronomic characteristics and economic benefits of using certified seed and farmer saved seed of rice (Oryza sativa L.) at different nutrient management regimes: Evidence from on-farm testing in the Guinea Savanna rice growing ecologies of Ghana

The agronomic performance and economic benefit of rice seed from two sources (farmer-saved and certified seed) at different nutrient management regimes in the Guinea Savanna agro-ecological zone of Ghana were evaluated. A total of 14 on-farm multi-locational trials were established in 2011 and 2012 cropping seasons using Participatory Learning and Action Research (PLAR-IRM) approach to technology dissemination....

Author(s): W. Dogbe, S. Aliyu, I. Y. B. Inusah, S. K. Nutsugah, P. M. Etwire, W. Doku, M. Mawunya, E. O. Krofa, E. Halolo and A. Abdul-Rahman

October 2014

Comparative performance evaluation of different mechanical equipment for weed control in sugarcane crop in Northern-Western Tarai Region of Uttarakhand

Manual weeding/ interculture in sugarcane is a common method adopted by the farmers, in Tarai region of Uttarakhand, for weed control. However, due to non- availability of labour especially during peak season, the weeding/interculture operation is jeopardized. Also the labour demand in sugarcane weeding is very high compared to other cereal crops making this operation expensive. This study includes comparative...

Author(s): T. P. Singh and A. T. Bhosale

October 2014

Dynamics in nutritional characteristics of natural pasture hay as affected by harvesting stage, storage method and storage duration in the cooler tropical highlands

This study was conducted to generate information on the dynamics in nutritional qualities of natural pasture hay as affected by harvesting stage, storage method and storage duration at Holetta representing cool tropical environment in the central highlands of Ethiopia. The study was designed with a factorial combinations of four harvesting stages/times (mid-October, late-October, mid-November, late-November), two...

Author(s): Fekede Feyissa, Shiv Prasad, Getnet Assefa, Seyoum Bediye, Getu Kitaw, Aemiro Kehaliew and Gezahegne Kebede