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: 25 December 2014; 9(52)

December 2014

Effect of a dietary supplementation combining a probiotic and a natural anticoccidial in broiler chickens

In order to improve the growth performance of broilers and prevent coccidiosis in our farms, two groups of broiler chicks (Hubbard F15) were bred under the same conditions for a period of 52 days. "Experimental group" received an aliment added with a natural anticoccidial based on herbal extracts and a probiotic but water free of antibiotics while "Control group" received the same food without...

Author(s): Redha Djezzar, Karima Benamirouche, Djamila BAAZIZE-AMMI, Ramdane MOHAMED-SAID and Djamel GUETARNI

December 2014

Effect of organic fertilizer (cocoa pod husk) on okra and maize production under okra/maize intercrop in Uhonmora, Edo State, Nigeria

The study determined effects of cocoa pod husk (CPH) fertilizer rates on okra and maize performance in okra/maize intercrop at Uhonmora, Edo State, Nigeria. Four levels of fertilizer: 0, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0 t ha-1 and seven cropping patterns: okra sole at 0.60×0.75 m, 0.90×0.75 m, 1.20×0.75 m, sole maize at 0.3×0.75 m, okra intercropped with maize at 0.60×0.75 m, 0.90×0.75 m,...

Author(s): Gerald O. Iremiren and Rotimi R. Ipinmoroti

December 2014

Market trend in the agribusiness sector of hybrid maize seed in Paraná State, Brazil

Nowadays maize hybrid seed companies use marketing tools to achieve their goals on the target markets in order to stand up to competition, meet consumers’ demands, and ensure the market share. The objective of this study was to identify and rank the variables consumers consider most in the product purchase decision and to survey technical and behavioral aspects to create actions and strategies for the companies of...

Author(s): Leandro Bonadio Machado, Valéria Carpentieri-Pípolo, and Silvia Graciele Hülse de Souza

December 2014

Biological and serological techniques for detection of Citrus tristeza virus affecting Citrus species of Assam, India

Infection of Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) in Assam was detected by double antibody sandwich-enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (DAS-ELISA). Field surveys were carried out in 8 citrus growing districts of Assam (Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, North Cachar Hills, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat and Kamrup). Altogether, 411 samples were collected from three different citrus species, viz., Assam lemon (Citrus limon), Gul...

Author(s): M. Borah, P. D. Nath and A. K. Saikia

December 2014

Economic empowerment of Scheduled Caste (SC) landless rural women through mushroom cultivation: A case study

Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Kurukshetra took up an initiative for economic empowerment of landless Scheduled Caste (SC) rural women by motivating them to adopt mushroom cultivation as an income generating activity. As part of this programme, KVK has conducted three trainings for these landless SC rural women since 2008-2009. In total, 120 such ladies were trained over a period of 3 years. The trainees were provided...

Author(s): Singh J, V. P. Chahal, Rathee A and Singh K

December 2014

Chitosan/kudzu starch/ascorbic acid films: Rheological, wetting, release, and antibacterial properties

Chitosan was blended with kudzu starch to prepare edible composite films adding ascorbic acid as antioxidant and Tween 20 as surfactant, and choosing acetic acid, lactic acid and malic acid as solvents. Rheology and wettability of film forming solutions, and antibacterial, release and physical properties of the composite films were investigated. Results showed that, acid solvent types significantly affected the rheology...

Author(s): Xiaoyong Song and Luming Cheng

December 2014

Resource use conflict in West Africa: Developing a framework for resilience building among farmers and pastoralists

Resource scarcity and security are interconnected. The impact of recurrent resource degradation in West Africa is assessed, in conjunction with social and economic factors, showing how these have interacted with conflict in West Africa and its import in other conflict climes. Resource scarcity interacting with economic pressure and political instability, have resulted in the rapid loss of arable lands in the Sahelian...

Author(s): Anthonty N. Onyekuru and Rob Marchant