African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006

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"Poverty remains a global concern with profound implications for human well-being. This study examines the impact of livelihood diversification and income augmentation in mitigating rural poverty while considering essential policy dimensions. Employing basic descriptive statistics and econometric methodologies, this research analyzes data indicating an aging population in the study area, averaging 52 years, with a gender...

Author(s):Sunday Samuel, Onwumere Joe and Ihenetu Stanley Chukwuemeka

Floral biology and phenology of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas [L.] Lam.) in Cuba. Bases for genetic improvement

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Despite the fact that some aspects related to the flowering of the sweet potato have been studied previously, to date, in Cuba and tropical regions, only general descriptions have been documented without detailed information on the biology and floral phenology of the sweet potato, aspects of interest for genetic improvement. To carry out the research, four sweet potato genotypes obtained and released by the genetic...

Author(s):Alfredo Morales Rodríguez, ORCID: ---, Dania Rodríguez del Sol, Sergio Rodríguez Morales, Yuniel Rodríguez García, Nadir Trujillo Oviedo, Alay Jiménez Medina and Osmany Molina Concepción.


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The State of Goiás is the second largest producer of sugarcane in Brazil. However, it still has a low productivity, which is mainly due to the lack of varieties adapted to this region and its typical water deficit. Therefore, the objective of this work is to evaluate the performance of two sugarcane varieties subjected to different irrigation managements in the Cerrado of Goiás. The study was conducted at the Federal...

Author(s):Adão Wagner Pego Evangelista, José Alves Júnior, Derblai Casaroli, Derblai Casaroli, Tallyta Ramalho Rodrigues, Fernando Rezende da Costa, Valéria Lima da Silva and Rafael Battisiti

A study on the susceptibility of maize genotypes against the maize weevil, Sitophilus zeamais (Motschulsky) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)

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Several maize varieties with high-yield potential have recently been created; however, their resistance to storage pests is unknown. This study compares the resistance ability to Sitophilus zeamais of four open-pollinated varieties (OPVs) and thirteen hybrid maize varieties using Dobie's susceptibility index (SI). The genotypes were tested in a completely randomized design with three replications at a temperature of 28°C...

Author(s):Temesgen Tsegab And Emana Getu

Market Value Chain of Honey Production in Northern Ethiopia

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Farm commodities that are grown to sell for profit, and purchased by parties separate from a farm are seen as cash crops. Coffee, cotton and honey are produed for sale in South and Western Ethiopia. As honey emerged as cash commodity, farmers in Northern Ethiopia involve in honey production as income source. Studies on honey production focused on central, south and western Ethiopia. Northern and eastern Ethiopia is...

Author(s):Filmon Hadaro Hando

Phenotypic and Genotypic Variability of Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranean L) Accessions at Tepi Southwest, Ethiopia

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Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranean (L) Verdc.) is a grain legume underutilized in Africa. The objective of this study was to determine the extent of phenotypic and genotypic variability of the introduced accessions and the relationship between the traits, which would aid in the selection of elite accessions. A field trial was conducted in Tepi, southwestern Ethiopia, during the 2021/22 cropping season. 276 Bambara...

Author(s):Getachew Shiferaw, Wosene Gebresilassie, and Uba Charles U.

Effects of Combined Application of Biochar and Inorganic Fertilizers on Yield and Nutritive Value of Chomo Grass (Brachiaria humidicola) in Western Oromia, Ethiopia

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The study was carried out to evaluate the growth performance, yield and chemical composition of chomo grass (Brachiaria humidicola) by application of different levels of coffee husk biochar and inorganic fertilizers. The experimental design was a Randomized Complete Block Design with three replications. The treatments were: T1= Zero fertilizer, T2= 100% Biochar, T3= 75% Biochar and 25% inorganic fertilizer, T4=50% Biochar...

Author(s):Yerosan Wekgari, Negasu Gamachu and Fikre Dereba

An Assessment of Constraints and Potential Benefits of Using Burrow Pits for Fish Farming.A case study of Kano State, Nigeria.

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The study was conducted between January 2021 and March 2022 in 2local governmentsof Kano State, Nigeria(namely: Sallarin, {TarauniLG}andKofan Dan Agundi,{Municipal LG}). The objective of the study are to examine the socioeconomic characteristics of fish farmers, estimate the opportunities of the burrow pits fish production systems and identify the problems facing fish farmers in the study areas.Specifically, the results...

Author(s):Alhaji T.A., Somasundara J.W.D. and Saad Buba

Analysis of Factors Influencing the Adoption of Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Siyadeberna Wayu District, Amhara National, Regional State, Ethiopia

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Ethiopia is the most soil fertility-degraded part of the world, caused by continuous cultivation of monocrops, insufficient organic matter application, and integrated soil fertility management (ISFM). The main objective of this study was to examine the adoption level and factors influencing ISFM in Siyadeberna Wayu Woreda, Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia. A cross-sectional survey research design was used. A...

Author(s):Abebe Alemu Gebre Selassie and Ayalkie Belete

Management of pigeon pea pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera) using biopesticides and yield performance in arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya

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Pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera) is one of the major causes of low productivity in pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) in Kenya. This study determined the effect of Nimbedicine, Pyagro and Bacillus thuringiensis on pod borer and grain yield performance of two pigeon pea varieties. The experiments were set up in Kapkayo and Koibatek during April-September, 2020 and May-October, 2021 cropping seasons. The experiment was laid in split...

Author(s):Stella Jepkosgei, Miriam Karwitha Charimbu, Paul Kimurto, Juliana J. Cheboi, and Nadigatla Ganga Rao

Herbicidal Potentials of Botanicals on the Control of Alectra vogelii and Productivity of Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Varieties in Sudan Savanna of Nigeria

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A field experiment was carried out during 2018 rainy season at Bayero University Research Farm (110 57’N, 8024’E) and Garko, in Garko local Government area, Kano state (22011’N, 680008’E) to evaluate the effect of groundnut varieties and plant botanicals on the control of Alectra vogelii in the Sudan savanna of Nigeria. The experiment consisted of four groundnut varieties (Kwankwaso, Maibargo, Sabaiya and Samnut–24) and...

Author(s):Isah Murtala, Abdulrahman Lado and Ibrahim Saidu

Effects of Climate Change on Livestock Farmers in Mundri East County

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The study was conducted on the effect of climate change on livestock production in Mundri East County of Western Equatoria state, South Sudan. Data were collected by using a cross-sectional questionnaire administered to 120 households who used to rear livestock in two Payams of Kediba and Lakamadi respectively. Majorities (75%) of the households were male and had more than 20 years’ experiences in livestock production....

Author(s):Girima Tona

Assessment of Input-Output Relationship of Crop Enterprises in the Different Climate Change Adaptation Options among Farmers in Borno State, Nigeria

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The study analyzed the input-output relationship of crop enterprises in the different climate change adaptation options among Farmers in Borno State, Nigeria, conducted in two agroecological zones (AEZ) of the State. Multi-stage sampling procedure was used in selecting 360 farmers for the study. Means, frequencies and multiple regression were used in analyzing the data. Results of adaptation practices based on AEZ revealed...

Author(s):Mohammed D, Abaka S. S, Timothy E, Arubi A. A

Heterosis in Crosses of Linseed Parental lines for Morpho-agronomic Traits, Oil Content and Fatty Acids Components

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The magnitude of heterosis provides a basis for genetic diversity and guideline to the choice of desirable parents for developing superior F1 hybrids. This study was carried out to exploit hybrid vigour and for building gene pool to be exploitation in population improvement. Heterosis and nature of gene action for morphoagronomic traits, oil content and fatty acid composition in linseed. Eight parents, their 28 F1crosses...

Author(s):Tadesse Ghiday, Wassu Mohamed, Yemane Tsehaye, Adugna Wakjira, Chemeda Daba and Teasfaye Disasa

Allelopathic potential of green manure, cover crops, mulching plants, and weeds found in tea plantations

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The allelopathic activity of cover crops, green manure, mulching plants, and weeds commonly found in tea plantations was evaluated employing laboratory bioassays, greenhouse experiments and field trials. The results of laboratory and greenhouse experiments concluded that the green manure plants, Gliricidia sepium, Erythrina lithosperma, Eupatorium inulifolium, Tithonia diversifolia, Artemisia vulgaris and mulching plants,...

Author(s):K. G. Nelum P. Piyasena, M. G. S. Liyanage, N. C. Weerakoon and M.S.D.L. De Silva

Fruit morphological characteristics at different maturity stages of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) improved hybrids (PB113+, PB121+) and their parent males (RIT+, WAT+)

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Cocos nucifera L. is an important coastal crop in Côte d'Ivoire, with 53 coconut cultivars. The present study was carried out to compare the morphophysical characteristics of C. nucifera L. fruit of the improved parents Rennell Island Tall (RIT+) and West Africa Tall (WAT+) and their hybrids PB113+ and PB121+, harvested at different maturity. The ANOVA results showed that cultivar and maturity had a significant effect (p <...

Author(s):Kouadio Marcellin Konan, Konan Konan Jean Louis, Doubi Bi Tra Serges, Soro Pégnonsienrè Lacina, Djaha Konan Engueran, and Koné Fankroma Martial Thierry

Analysis of livestock feed resources and constraints in the Guji Zone of Southern Oromia

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The study's goal was to examine and rate the key livestock feed resources and their limits in Guji Zone. Data was gathered from six districts through group discussions and standardized questionnaires and also both from secondary and primary sources. A total of 288 respondents were selected at random and interviewed. Natural grassland and crop leftovers were the primary feed supplies in the research area. Drought was the...

Author(s):Teshale Jabessa

Evaluation of soil fertility status in the Kyoga Basin of Uganda: A physio-chemical study in Buyende and Serere districts

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Nutrients present in the soil are important elements required for the healthy growth of plants. This study, therefore, sought to examine the physio-chemical properties of soils in Buyende and Serere districts, in the Kyoga basin, Uganda. Using soil auger, soil samples were purposively picked from Serere (23) and Buyende (17) districts at depth of (0-25 cm). Routine soil analysis was done for the macro soil nutrients of...

Author(s):Ronald Inguula Odongo, Mulungi Trust Nakanwagi, Isaac Mugume, Mary Nsabagwa, Alex Nimusiima, Bob Alex Ogwang, Annet Margaret, Sylvia Nahayo, Faridah S Nalwanga, Julianne Sansa-Otim, Irene Musiime, Robert Kakuru, Anthony Mwije and Peter Wasswa

Southwestern Kenya’s Smallholder Dairy Farmers’ Climate Change Perceptions, Knowledge and Adaptation

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Globally, climate change (CC) adaptation is critical as CC compounds smallholder dairy farmers’ challenges. Farmers’ CC perceptions and knowledge could influence their CC adaptations. This study in Southwestern Kenya sought to establish smallholder dairy farmers’ CC perceptions and CC knowledge level and their relationships to CC adaptations. Concurrent Fixed Mixed Methods was used to collect data from 367 smallholder...

Author(s):Charles Okech Odhiambo, Chlirukovian Bwire Wasike and Harun Okello Ogindo

Effect of Turmeric-calamansi Supplementation on the Drinking Water of Broiler Chickens

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The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of turmeric and Calamansi juice as water supplement on the live and carcass weight performance of broiler chicken. The research was carried out using completely randomized design (CRD). Ninety-six broiler chickens were raised from day old to 45 days old chicks. The chicks was supplemented with water supplements according to treatments. The study used four treatments...

Author(s):Frank Clin M. Parado and Jammil D. Eppie

Effect of 40 years continuous application of sewer water on soil properties and plant nutrient contents under the drainage basin area in Parbhani district of Maharashtra as affected by crop season

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The present study deals the assessment of changes in soil properties and plant nutrient contents of sorghum and soybean crop after 40 years of continuous application of reclaimed sewer water as affected by the crop season. Results of the study revealed that the various soil properties and plant nutrients of the crops viz., sorghum and soybean highly influenced by the 40 years continuous application of the sewer water....

Author(s):P. H. Gourkhede, K. Yadav and S. P. Zade

Genotype and Environment Interaction for yield performance of 12 Advanced Tongil rice genotypes with Doubled Haploid Background under Salts tress conditions in Tanzania.

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Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is an important global food commodity crop. Its yield was affected by genotype, environment, and the interaction between genotype and environment that demands the development of diverse tolerant rice to increase yields and adaptation. Genotype & Environment interaction for yields of rice Tongil types with doubled haploid (DH) were evaluated in three locations. A randomized complete block design...

Author(s):Benjamin Peter Mfupe, Susan Nchimbi Msolla and Luseko Amos Chilagane

Response of Coffee (Coffea arabica L.) Varieties to Heat Stress at Seedling Stage

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Heat effect is the indirect consequence of high temperatures often formed by the accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs). It is the most dangerous for sensitive crops due to morphological deformation, overgrowth, and disturbs normal plant physiology such as Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica L.), and less information regarding to this issue. This study aimed to investigate the responses of released coffee varieties to heat...

Author(s):Daba Etana, Wubishet Tamirat and Adugna Bayata

Genetic diversity of Cleome gynandra germplasm in Burkina Faso using SSRs molecular markers

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Cleome gynandra L. is an important traditional leafy vegetable in Burkina Faso diets. Because of its high nutritional value, it makes a good dietary supplement, providing an important nutritional and medicinal requirement. The aim of the present study was to assess the genetic diversity and intra- and interpopulation relationships of the C gynandra collection using SSR molecular markers specific to Cleome gynandra. Nine...

Author(s):SAKANDE Boureima, KIEBRE Zakaria, BATIENO Teyiouê Benoît Joseph, SAWADOGO Pingawindé and BATIONO/KANDO Pauline

Opportunities, Perceptions and Challenges in Production and Use of Traditional Grains in Semi-Arid Masvingo District, Zimbabwe

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This paper aims to understand farmers’ perceptions and challenges in production and use of traditional grains as well as feed manufacturers perceptions on inclusion of traditional grains in feed formulations. The study also seeks to ascertain the opportunities for increased adoption of traditional grains as an adaptive strategy to climate change. Climate change has contributed to a shift in seasons and precipitation,...

Author(s):Nyasha Rugwete

Germinating potential of released Coffee (Coffea arabica L.) varieties in Ethiopia

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Arabica coffee is acash crop for some African countries, such as Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the center of origin for Arabica coffee and has been dramatically working on improving coffee production technologies for the last fifty six years. Coffee seedling takes a huge time, and their qualities posechallenges in coffee production. To improve these, several studies implementedonseed germination influences factors and storage...

Author(s):Daba Etana and Dawit Merga

Lack of technology hinders advancing aquaculture; special emphases on fish intestinal microbiota research in Africa

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Fish farming plays a critical role in aquaculture, providing protein and livelihood to millions worldwide. Fish intestinal microbiota research has gained increased importance in recent years due to its critical roles in fish health, growth, disease resistance, and production. Nonetheless, advanced aquaculture research like fish intestinal microbiota, faces significant challenges in Africa because of inadequate...

Author(s):Eric Amenyogbe, Christian Larbi Ayisi, Grace Afumwaa Boamah, Eric Kwabena Droepenu, Rahmat Quaigrane Duker and Jian-sheng Huang

Assessment of Gender Roles in Enset Product Marketing: The Case of Wonchi District, South West Shoa Zone, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia

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In Ethiopia, enset is one of the indigenous root crops widely cultivated in the south and south western parts, particularly in Wonchi district. Enset product specifically kocho is a major source of food and cash income for majority of smallholder farmers. Enset processing and its product marketing is left for women regardless of the tediousness of the process. Though, it is considered as female’s work by the community,...

Author(s):Sheleme Refera

Evaluating the soil carbon sequestration potential through measuring clay, sand and silt content in soil under agroforestry parklands systems according to a rainfall gradient in Burkina Faso (West Africa)

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Soil texture and precipitation influence soil organic carbon sequestration. This research measured soil texture to assess the organic carbon sequestration potential of the soils in agroforestry parklands according to a rainfall gradient for sites recommendations to promote agroforestry to mitigate climate change in Burkina Faso. Soil samples were collected at layers 0- 10, 10 - 20 and 20 - 30 cm in agroforestry parklands...

Author(s):Yacouba Noël Coulibaly and Gérard Zombré

Economic Evaluation of Cowpea Production under different Spraying Regimes in three Southern Agro-ecologies of Nigeria

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Use of pesticide in cowpea production has remained on the front burner of discuss on sustainable cowpea production due to prevailing threat of insect pests, increasing cost of chemicals, threat of environmental hazard and concern for food safety. This study therefore evaluated different spraying regimes on production of two cowpea varieties in the humid South West Agro-ecologies with the aim of recommending optimum...


Evaluation of salinity tolerance of lowland rice genotypes (Oryza sativa L.) at the reproductive stage

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Developing salt tolerant varieties is the best solution to the increasing soil salinity problem of rice growing areas throughout the world. This study evaluated salinity tolerance of 72 lowland rice genotypes at the reproductive stage in field experiments conducted in coastal Marovoay, Madagascar. Field salinity levels were controlled at 2 and 4 dS m-1 through irrigation. Tolerance of selected genotypes was validated in...

Author(s):Safidimanjato RAFALIARIVONY, Hery Lisy Tiana RANARIJAONA, Mbolarinosy RASOAFALIMANANA, Tendro RADANIELINA and Matthias WISSUWA

Challenges faced by small scale sugarcane growers: an exploration of the impact of social unrest on sugarcane farming in Kwazulu-Natal

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The South African sugar industry is considered by the South African Sugar Association (SASA) as one of the world’s leading cost competitive producers of high-quality sugar and contributes significantly to the national economy, sustainable development and creates mass employment in rural areas. However, numerous challenges are faced by small scale sugarcane growers which drastically affect their profit margins and...

Author(s):Simphiwe Promise Buthelezi, Londeka Nxumalo and Xolani Terrance Ngema

Screening of selected tomato germplasm for the resistance to Tuta absoluta, whiteflies, and red spider mites

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Tomato production is constrained by arthropod pests which cause significant damage reducing both quality and quantity of the yields. These arthropod pests include tomato leaf miner, whitefly and red spider mite. Over-reliance and use of chemical pesticides to control these pests have led to the loss of efficacy against them. Host plant resistance, a key component in Integrated Pest Management as a long term intervention...

Author(s):Wanderi, P.N., Kilalo, D.C., Olubayo, F.M. and Nzuve, F.

Review on causes and management of soil acidity in Highland of Ethiopia

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In Ethiopia, large areas of highlands with altitude of >1500 m located in almost all regional states of the country are affected by soil acidity. About 43% of the Ethiopian arable land is affected by soil acidity. The main factors giving rise to increased soil acidity in Ethiopia include climatic factors such as high amount of precipitation (that exceeds evapo-transpiration which leaches appreciable amounts of exchangeable...

Author(s):Habtamu Alemayehu and Wassie Haile

Phytosociological survey of weeds in cassava growth area

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The presence of weeds in agricultural crops causes direct losses in productivity, causing economic losses, which makes it necessary to know the quality and quantity of weeds that compete with agriculture crops. Therefore, the objective of this work was to identify the weed community associated with cassava cultivation through a phytosociological survey, carried out in a cassava cultivation area, in the city of Nampula. The...

Author(s):Eduardo Hélder Horácio, Isac Bernardino José António Cabo, Elias Carlos Sousa and Paulo César Timossi

Efficiency of liquid and peaty inoculant containing stripes Azospirillum Brasilense in coinoculation with Bradyrhizobium Japonicum in soybean crop

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The use of liquid and peaty inoculants containing Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains to supply nitrogen to soybean has already been consolidated. However, in recent years, the co-inoculation technology has been used, where, besides the inoculum based on B. japonicum, strains of diazotrophic bacteria of the genus Azospirillum brasilense have been inoculated, which has been proven to be effective in grasses of great economic...

Author(s):Vandeir Francisco Guimarães, Jeferson Klein, Débora Kestring Klein and Marcos Barbosa Ferreira

Quality assessment of water, nutritional fitness and parasitiic status of three selected fish species in Ero Dam

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Ero Dam is noticed to be exposed to several cases of abuse from human activities judging from preliminary studies of its quality assessment. Therefore, this research aimed at evaluating the impacts of human activities on some qualitative attributes of the dam using standard laboratory procedures. The physicochemical attributes of the dam water established that most of the parameters were statistically higher (p

Author(s):Ogundiran, M. A., and Awogbami, S. O.

Evaluation of botanical plant powders against Zabrotes subfasciatus (Boheman) (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) in stored local common bean varieties

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Common bean is one of the most important sources of protein in Ethiopia and other developing countries. However, the Mexican bean weevil, Zabrotes subfasciatus (Boheman), is a major factor in the storage of common beans that causes losses. Studies were conducted to evaluate the efficacy of botanical powders of Jatropha curcas (L.), Neem/Azadrachta indica and Parthenium hysterophorus (L) on local common bean varieties...

Author(s):Fikadu Kifle Hailegeorgis

Performance Evaluation of Solar-powered Spray Tube and Sprinkler Irrigation Systems

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Irrigated agriculture has been deemed a wasteful water user as a result of inefficiencies in most irrigation systems. Pressurized irrigation needs a steady pumping system to ensure constant uniformity of the irrigation system, which is hard under directly coupled solar-powered irrigation. This study aimed to evaluate the performance of two (2) different water application systems namely spray tube and sprinkler irrigation...

Author(s):Vedaste Niyokwizerwa, Felix K. Abagale and Thomas Apusiga Adongo

The mixed hard ticks species (ixodidae) distribution in some selected areas of Afar Region

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This research gives an understanding to identify common tick species, which infest Afar cattle. Total of 3922 ticks were randomly collected from selected districts of Afar Region, Ethiopia. Generally, four genera of ticks were found: Abmlyomma, Rhipiciphalus, Hyaloma and Boophilus sub-type. The highest three ranking species are Rhipiciphalus pulchilis 34.5%, Rhipiciphalus evertsi 14.9%, Amblyoma hebraeum 13.5% and the...

Author(s):Mebrate Genet Gebre, Endashaw Bekele, Kefelegn kebede snd Kefena Effa

Afar cattle hard ticks (ixodidae) species distribution principal component analysis in some selects districts of afar

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Ticks are notorious blood sucking insects causing irritation, restlessness, disease transmission, and lesion on the skin to animals and human. Tick invasion problem urges researching their behavior, geographical distribution, veterinary importance and species distribution statistics. Principal Component Analysis on the dynamics of hard tick species distribution with Generalized Linear Model in R base software was through....

Author(s):Mebrate Genet Gebre, Endashaw Bekele, Kefelegn Kebede, Juan-lin Han

Hard tick (ixodidae) burden principal component analysis on some body predilection sites of Ethiopian Afar cattle

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To analyze the dynamics of tick burden on Afar cattle R studio software base principal component analysis was through. The average tick burden counted was 19.14 ticks on individual animal, the maximum tick load was 129 and minimum was 0. Among the body predilection sites maximum tick burden was on ear 59 ticks, anus/vulva 57 were counted, while the lowest burden was neck 13 and abdomen 5 ticks. The level of burden in...

Author(s):Mebrate Genet Gebre, Endashaw Bekele, Kefelegn kebede and Kefena Effa

Mixed hard ticks (ixodidae) species burden count on afar cattle

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Cattle are exposed to various levels of parasite burden challenges. Among the common parasites ticks are identified as the most notorious threat to cattle due to sever irritation, toxic effect, allergy , means of diseases transmission, anemia and are of socio-economic and veterinary medicine importance. The motto of this research was to divulge the significance and degree of Ixodidea (hard ticks) invasion problem in some...

Author(s):Mebrate Genet Gebre, Endashaw Bekele, Kefelegn kebede and Juan-lin Han

Distribution, Characterization and Chemical Management of Noxious Shrub Weed (Dichapetalum stulhmannii Engl.) in Cashew in South-eastern Tanzania

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Weeds are among the limiting factors that influence inter-competition for resources, hinder harvesting and low production of cashew (Anacardium occidental L.) in Tanzania. The current study determined the distribution, characteristics and management of Dichapetalum stulhmannii. Distribution study involved a survey for weed presence in south-eastern, Tanzania. The characterization involved assessing the growth and...

Author(s):William Valerian Mbasa, Fortunus Anton Kapinga, Wilson Angelo Nene, Abdallah Rajabu Makale, Kasiga Ndibanya Ngiha and Ramadhani Ayubu Bashiru

Review on the Economic Impacts of Lumpy Skin Disease of Cattle and its Prevention and Control Strategies in Ethiopia

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Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is an infectious disease of cattle, caused by a Lumpy Skin Disease Virus. It is an economically important viral disease of cattle affecting all ages and breeds that can be prevented by vaccination in endemic regions including Ethiopia. LSD is an OIE listed disease because of considerable financial losses and in Ethiopia due to the endemic nature of LSD; the country is facing serious difficulties in...

Author(s):Samson Terefe Kassa

Review paper: The role of agroecology in combatting hunger and food insecurity among small-holder farmers

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This review investigates the role of agroecology as an intervention to fight hunger and promote sustainable food security among smallholder farmers. The aim of the paper was to review basic principles of agroecology, and discussed the current status of global hunger. Finally, the study reflected on the potential of agroecology in sustaining food security. In response to the unsustainable technologies of green revolution...


Effects of soil PH levels on iron and zinc concentrations of common bean (phaseolus vulgaris l.) genotypes

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Plants grown in acid soils experiences a variety of stresses which include aluminium, hydrogen and/or manganese toxicity, as well as nutrient deficiencies of calcium and magnesium. A study was carried out to determine the influence of soil pH levels of iron and zinc in leaves and seeds of twenty five common bean genotypes. Plastics cups trial was carried out in the screen house to determine the actual amount of quick lime...

Author(s):Kinguye Masamaki Magomere, Susan Nchimbi-Msolla and George Muhamba Tryphone

Less Water Treatment: Fusion of Drip Irrigation and Hydroponics Method in Agriculture

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Agriculture is the major area to produce food crops and increase productivity with less water. In normal agriculture farmers can produce good and healthy crops in certain period of time. This research focused an innovative fusion idea of agriculture to produce more yield in less time. It will be easier and useful while comparing to Hydroponics and Cocopeat methods. The current fusion of Drip Irrigation and Hydroponics...

Author(s):R.Jemila Rose, P R Sheebha Rani, M R Sheeba, S.Ebil Metilda and F.Fathima Nazreen

Farm size and total productivity in selected maize producing districts in Tanzania: Implications for sustainable agro-industrial development

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Evidence contradicting the usual negative relationship between farm size and productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) casts doubt on the viability of a smallholder-led development strategy. This paper examine the relationship between farm size and total factor productivity by employing a Cobb-Douglas production and survey data from mainland Tanzania. Two important contributions are highlighted: (1) examine relationship...

Author(s):Nickson Severian Kahigi and Ntengua S.Y. Mdoe

Effect of vermicompost on soil properties, cabbage earliness and yield under sandy soil agroecosystem

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The Present study was conducted to find the effect of vermicompost application on yield and some other parameters of cabbage under highly weathered soils of Uganda. Five rates of vermicomposte (0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 t/ha) were applied on cabbage, planted in plots and arranged in RCBD during three seasons with three replications each. Plant height, number of leaves and Leaf size were measured during the vegetative growth...

Author(s):Issa Balde

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