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: 9 October 2014; 9(41)

October 2014

Remote sensing as a complementary tool for monitoring the effects of agricultural policies: The case of the irrigated area of Tadla Azilal (Morocco)

Agricultural policies are human driving forces that can influence various processes within the landscape due to land-use assignation. Along this work, an innovative methodological framework based on remote sensing techniques is proposed for the analysis of the effects coming from the implementation of any change in agricultural production and for diagnosing the sustainability of irrigated agricultural systems located at...

Author(s): Abderrahim Nemmaoui, Fernando J. Aguilar, Andrés M. García Lorca and Manuel A. Aguilar

October 2014

Assessment of cattle fattening and marketing system and constraints affecting cattle fattening in Central Southern Region of Ethiopia

A study was conducted to characterize cattle fattening and marketing system and to assess constraints affecting cattle fattening by interviewing 165 farmers in Central Southern Region, Ethiopia. Fattening length and age for oxen were 4 months and 7 years, respectively. Light white and red were the best color of cattle selected for fattening whereas black color was not recommended. Majority of farmers fattened castrated...

Author(s): Shewangizaw Wolde, Zekarias Bassa and Tesfaye Alemu

October 2014

A comparative analysis of distinctness, uniformity and stability (DUS) data in discriminating selected Southern African maize (Zea mays L.) inbred lines

The ability to discriminate germplasm is important for plant breeding as well as for plant variety protection. To achieve this, plant breeders have been using molecular, physiological and biochemical markers in discriminating and grouping of genotypes. Breeders have been looking for effective, quick and cheaper ways of grouping germplasm. Therefore this study was carried out to assess the ability of the traits used for...

Author(s): R. Chanda, M. Mukanga, M. Mwala, D. S. Osiru and J. MacRobert

October 2014

Response of wild type sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) accessions to pre- flowering drought stress

A study was conducted to evaluate the response of eleven wild type sorghum accessions to pre-flowering moisture stress. The experiment was carried out at Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine research site under greenhouse condition in 2013/2014 cropping season. A randomized complete blocks design with two replications was used. The experiment was irrigated by a movable tubular irrigation...

Author(s): Techale B., Tamene Y. and Ferede T.

October 2014

Assessment of heavy metals accumulation in paddy rice (Oryza sativa)

Heavy metals contamination in paddy field was conducted using Oryza sativa. Paddy soils and rice plants were sampled along seven transverse lines of the paddy field before the harvesting time. The paddy plants were separated into roots, stems, leaves and grains. Metal concentrations of the samples were carried out using ICP-OES Spectrometer machine OPTIMA 5300 DV. Metals enrichment factor and translocation were also...

Author(s): Carolyn Payus and Aqilah Farhana Abu Talip

October 2014

Characterization of village chicken production and marketing systems in selected districts of North Western Amhara region, Ethiopia

A formal survey was conducted in three purposively selected districts of western Amhara, Ethiopia. The major objective of the study was to assess and characterize the existing chicken production and marketing system of the study areas. A total of 160 randomly selected chicken owners were used for the study. The result revealed that there were four chicken production systems in the study areas; scavenging only (2.5%),...

Author(s): Fisseha Moges, Mohammed Nega and Getenet Zeleke

October 2014

Erosion tolerance index under different land use units for sustainable resource conservation in a Himalayan watershed using remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS)

Water erosion induced land degradation is a serious problem in the Himalayan hills of India. This paper presents an approach to analyze and assess the land use-wise soil erosion risks using Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE), fuzzy function, and remote sensing and GIS. Erosion tolerance index (ETI) was computed by integrating potential annual soil loss and soil loss tolerance limits for each landscape unit for...

Author(s): S. Sudhishri, A. Kumar, J. K. Singh, A. Dass and A. S. Nain

October 2014

Sources of resistance in mungbean genotypes to Cercospora leaf spot disease and its management

Sixty-five mungbean genotypes were screened for resistance against Cercospora leaf spot under disease epiphytotic condition. The disease symptoms initiated on the lower side of the old leaves of susceptible genotypes and progressively spread all over the plant. Considerable variations among the genotypes were observed with respect to disease reactions. Among the sixty-five genotypes, one genotype LGG-460 was found...

Author(s): D. L. Yadav, R. N. Pandey, P. Jaisani and N. M. Gohel