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: 25 October, 2018; 13(43)

October 2018

Determinants of rice farmers’ access to credit in Benin: A case study of the municipality of Glazoue

This study aims to identify the factors that limit the accessibility of rice farmers to credit in Benin. Data were collected from 120 randomly selected rice households in the municipality of Glazoue. The logit dichotomous model was used to analyze the data and various statistics were produced for this purpose using the Stata 13 software. The results of prediction model show that the model has a high predictive power and...

Author(s): Odountan Ambaliou Olounlade, Li Gu-Cheng, Koffi Moïse Bienvenu Sodjinou and Lacina Traoré  

October 2018

Productivity of pigeon pea and maize rotation system in Balaka District, Southern Malawi

In Malawi, some parts of the country, such as Balaka District in Southern Malawi, are particularly prone to erratic rains with poor soil productivity. In the 2015/2016 rainy season some learning centres (LCs) focusing on pigeon-pea (Cajanus cajan) – maize (Zea mays L) rotations were established in four sections of Ulongwe Agriculture Extension Planning Area (EPA) in Balaka District to enhance  soil fertility,...

Author(s): V. H. Kabambe, A. R. Ngwira, J. B. Aune, B. K. Sitaula and T Chilongo

October 2018

Productivity and profitability on groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L) and maize (Zea mays L) in a semi-arid area of southern Malawi

In many parts of Malawi, including Balaka district in Southern Malawi, are prone to erratic rains with poor soil productivity and famer practices. A research and outreach project was initiated in October 2015 to establish learning centres (LCs) of groundnut: maize rotations as an entry point to diversify nutrition and income base of smallholder farmers, while building up on soil fertility for increased resilience to...

Author(s): Vernon H. Kabambe, Amos R. Ngwira, Jens B. Aune, Bishal K. Sitaula and Thabbie Chilongo  

October 2018

The influence of essential amino acid in the chick’s diet interferes in the weight gain

One of the attributes of amino acid lysine is to manufacture muscle protein, as it is a physiologically essential amino acid for immunity, development and production in birds. This study evaluates the influence of several levels of the essential amino acid lysine for chicks, with age of about 504 hours, maintained at a temperature of approximately 29 degrees Celsius. The basal diet contained 21.0% crude protein and...

Author(s): Aurelio Ferreira Borges and Maria dos Anjos Cunha Silva Borges  

October 2018

Caffeic acid as a preservative that extends shelf-life and maintains fruit quality of mulberries during cold storage

Fruits can be easily infected and damaged by microbes. Cold storage is a popular approach used to extend the shelf-life of fruits. In this paper, the effect of caffeic acid on physiological parameters and shelf-life of mulberries (Morus alba L.) stored for 21 days at 4°C was evaluated. The results showed that the shelf-life was significantly improved in the mulberries treated with the different concentrations of...

Author(s): Jian Zhang, Lei Kang, Lili Liu, Dandan Wang, Yan Xu, Sheng Sheng, Jun Wang, Fuan Wu, and Weiguo Zhao,  

October 2018

Impacts of food production, consumption fluctuations and marketing on food prices volatility in the Sudan: Evidences from Gadarif State

This study aimed to investigate the impacts of fluctuations in agricultural production, consumption and marketing bottlenecks on main food prices in Gadarif State, east of Sudan in the period of 1996 to 2011. On the supply side, an adjusted Nerlovian model of supply response was used to calculate elasticities of prices of selected agricultural products. On the consumption side, the distribution of the agricultural...

Author(s): Sharif Ismail M. Bongo  

October 2018

Economics of aflatoxin control in maize production among smallholder farmers in Oyo State, Nigeria

In Africa, the prevalence of aflatoxin contamination in agricultural production places the stability of food security at risk. This study investigated the socio-economic characteristics of farmers; assessed the prevalence of aflatoxin in maize production; identified the aflatoxin control practices used; and estimated the net returns to users and non-users of the control practices. A multistage sampling procedure was...

Author(s): Ladoye, O. A., Bamire, A. S. and Afolayan A. F.  

October 2018

Sensitivity stability and fitness of Botrytis cinerea isolates to captan

The present study investigated the sensitivity and stability of Botrytis cinerea isolates collected from vineyards to captan. To determine the stability of sensitivity to captan, B. cinerea isolates on fungicide-free potato dextrose agar (PDA) was evaluated after 15 culture cycles. In some isolates with reduced sensitivity to captan, EC50 value of the isolates did not change compared to that of isolates that were...

Author(s): Nagehan Desen Köycü  

October 2018

Technical and water use efficiency estimation of adopters and non-adopters of pressurized irrigation systems among hazelnut farmers

Water demand is continuously increasing worldwide parallel with the growing population. Because agriculture is considered as a significant water consumption sector, water demand in this sector may be reduced by improving water use efficiency to make farming more irrigated and sustainable. This study was planned to estimate the technical and water use efficiency of hazelnut growers in Carsamba district of Samsun, Turkey....

Author(s): Ismet Boz, Shamsheer Ul Haq, Cagatay Yildirim, Hatice Turkten and Pomi Shahbaz  

October 2018

Intra- and inter-specific interference between slender amaranth and red pepper

Competition interferes with the growth and development of plants, whether of the same species or not. The aim of this work is to evaluate the intra-specific interference of slender amaranth plants (Amaranthus viridis) at different densities and distances, and in an inter-specific interaction with red pepper (Capsicum baccatum var. pendulum). The experiment was conducted in four replications and in a randomized complete...

Author(s): Orzari, I., Barbasso, M. F., Silva, B. V. R., Braga, Isa M. R. F., & Alves, P. L. da C. A.