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: 2 July, 2015; 10(27)

July 2015

Assessment of farmers’ perception and adaptation mechanism to soil erosion problem in Shomba Kichib, Gimbo District, Kaffa Zone, South West Ethiopia

Soil erosion is one of the major problems challenging farmers in Ethiopia. Though a number of soil and water conservation methods were introduced and practiced, sustaining the application of these measures is far below expectations and soil degradation is still a persistent problem. This research was conducted with the aim of finding out the type of indigenous and introduced soil and water conservation measures,...

Author(s): Abiy Gebremichael, Getahun Yakob and Genene Mekonnen

July 2015

More than two decades of climate change alarm: Farmers’ knowledge, attitudes and perceptions

We conducted a questionnaire survey to assess farmers’ knowledge, attitudes and perceived threats of climate change. The findings show that the farmers are generally aware of direct and observable causes of climate change and the main impacts of climate change on agriculture but are not clear about the interconnections between the natural environment and farm management activities that result in climate change....

Author(s): Grace Wanjiru Kibue, Genixng Pan, Stephen Joseph, Liu Xiaoyu, Zheng Jufeng, Xuhui Zhang and Lianqing Li

July 2015

Influence of drip fertigation and sowing season on plant growth, physiological characters and yield of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L.)

Field experiments were carried out during two seasons Kharif, 2010 (March to June) and Summer, 2011 (January - May) at Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India to study the influence of drip fertigation and sowing season on growth, physiological attributes and seed yield of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L.) cv. VBN3. The treatments included four fertigation levels (F1- 50% of SRDF through drip,...

Author(s): Manikandan S. and Sivasubramaniam K.

July 2015

Effect of low N- stress to N, P, K contents and quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis in maize kernels and stalks

For elucidating the genetic basis of N, P and K contents in kernels and stalks in maize under different nitrogen supply condition, a set of 203 F2: 4 / F2: 5 family lines, derived from an elite maize hybrid Nongda108, were tested under nitrogen plus (N+) and no nitrogen plus (N-) treatments in the field over two years, and a genetic linkage map was constructed with 199 SSR molecular markers, covered 2100.9 cm for 10...

Author(s): J. H. Tang, Y. P. Wang, Y. M. Hu, C. L. Wang, G. W. Tian and Z. H. Liu

July 2015

Determinants of meat consumption pattern among university students in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

There is a dearth of information on factors influencing the feeding habits and daily consumption of meat among university students in the Eastern Cape Province (ECP) of South Africa. As a result, this study was conducted by administering questionnaires to a total of 150 respondents from the black dominated and the white dominated Universities in the ECP. The results revealed that students from black dominated University...

Author(s): Hosu Y. S., Arowolo A. S. and Fayemi P. O.

July 2015

Rural development policies and programmes under colonialism and during the five year development plans in Lesotho

Poverty has been said to be very high in developing countries, and many people live below the poverty line. There are different causes of poverty, but the most common one is food insecurity. Therefore, the contribution of agriculture to ensuring food security in the poor countries cannot be ignored. Although many farmers in some developing countries practise subsistence farming, agriculture accounts for a large share to...

Author(s): Tšepiso A. Rantšo

July 2015

Physiological maturity of pumpkin seeds

The objective of this study was to evaluate the physiological changes of pumpkin seeds during the maturation process. Thereby, the study was conducted in the municipality of Juazeiro, at the experimental area of the State University of Bahia. Seeds of the cultivar ‘Maranhão’ were harvested from fruits at regular intervals, every 10 days, from 15 to 60 days after anthesis (DAA). The experimental design...

Author(s): Acácio F. Neto, Francisco A. C. Almeida, Jucilayne F. Vieira and Maraisa F. da Silva