African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6849

AJAR Articles

Land tenure security and agricultural production in the rural areas of Burkina Faso

November 2023

The security of land tenure is a critical aspect of enhancing agricultural production in rural areas of Burkina Faso. The aim of this analysis is to examine the impact of land tenure security on agricultural production and utilize the Mixed Conditional Process method to derive estimators in a recursive equation model. Panel data from the Programme National de Gestion des Terroirs was employed spanning the cropping...

Author(s): Genesquin Guibert Legala Keudem and Kimseyinga Savadogo  

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

November 2023

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, Dania Rodríguez del Sol, Sergio Rodríguez Morales, Yuniel Rodríguez García, Nadir Trujillo Oviedo, Alay Jiménez Medina and Osmany Molina Concepción

The impact of safety net programs on household asset building in Ethiopia: Propensity scope matching model results

November 2023

The study analyzed the impact of the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) on Household Asset Building (HAB) in drought-prone areas of Southern Ethiopia. Cross-sectional survey data were collected from 180 randomly sampled households, including both PSNP beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries. The analysis included both inferential and descriptive methods, utilizing a Propensity Score Matching (PSM) technique to estimate...

Author(s): Filmon Hadaro Hando  

Market value chain of honey production in Northern Ethiopia

November 2023

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 produced for sale in South and Western Ethiopia. As honey emerged as a cash commodity, farmers in Northern Ethiopia became involved in honey production as an income source. Studies on honey production have focused on central, south, and western Ethiopia. Northern and...

Author(s): Filmon Hadaro Hando  

Assessment of input-output relationship of crop enterprises in the different climate change adaptation options among farmers in Borno State, Nigeria

October 2023

The study analyzed the input-output relationship of crop enterprises in response to different climate change adaptation options among farmers in Borno State, Nigeria. The research was conducted in two agroecological zones (AEZ) within the state, employing a multi-stage sampling procedure to select 360 farmers for the study. Data analysis involved the use of means, frequencies, and multiple regression techniques. The...

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

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

October 2023

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...

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

Use of information communication technologies by cricket farmers

October 2023

Cricket farming is an upcoming enterprise to most households in rural communities. Apparently, there is no documented evidence on how farmers access agricultural information on cricket value chain. This study was carried out to assess the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) by farmers to access value chain information. ICTs application in cricket farming means ease to access cricket value chain...

Author(s): Abel M. Peter, Solomon O. Ogara and Grace Mugumbate  

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

October 2023

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...

Author(s): Temesgen Tsegab and Emana Getu  

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

October 2023

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...

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

Irrigation management of sugarcane in the Brazilian Cerrado

October 2023

The State of Goiás is the second-largest producer of sugarcane in Brazil. However, it still faces low productivity, primarily due to the lack of sugarcane 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 management practices in the Cerrado of Goiás. The study was...

Author(s): Adao Wagner Pego Evangelista, Jose Alves Junior, Derblai Casaroli, Tallyta Ramalho Rodrigues, Fernando Rezende da Costa, Valeria Lima da Silva and Rafael Battisiti  

Less water treatment: Fusion of drip irrigation and hydroponics method in agriculture

October 2023

Agriculture is a major area in the production of food crops and a way to increase productivity with minimal water usage. Traditional agriculture can take a certain amount of time and yield good and healthy crops. However, this research focuses on an innovative fusion of agriculture to improve yield in a shorter period of time, providing a more efficient and effective result when compared to the hydroponics and Cocopeat...

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

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

October 2023

Developing salt tolerant varieties is the best solution to the increasing soil salinity problem of rice growing areas all over 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  

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

October 2023

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...

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

Porter’s diamond model and Zimbabwe’s national competitiveness in the cut flower industry

September 2023

Zimbabwe’s cut flower industry has declined over the past years. We determined the national competitiveness of Zimbabwe’s cut flower industry using Porter’s diamond model of competitive advantage in 2018 using a descriptive and exploratory design that made use of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Low numbers of key players in the industry forced researchers to administer questionnaires to...

Author(s): Fortune Tapererwa, Sothini N. Ngwenya and Handsen Tibugari  

Zai pit combined with integrated nutrient management for improving soil aggregate stability, moisture content and microbial biomass in drylands of Eastern Kenya

September 2023

This study sought to assess the impact of selected soil conservation and water harvesting technologies as promising options for alleviating soil moisture crisis, enhancing soil fertility and reducing soil erosion in the drylands of Eastern Kenya. An experiment was set up to investigate the responses of soil aggregate stability, moisture contents and soil microbial biomass carbon and nitrogen (SMBC and SMBN) to Zai...

Author(s): Mercy Cheruto Kebenei, Monicah Mucheru-Muna, Felista Muriu-Ng’ang’a

Soil moisture content and maize grain yield under conventional and conservation agriculture practices - results of short term field tests in Liselo, Namibia

September 2023

This article focuses on the results from trials developed to monitor the short-term effects of conventionally tilled systems versus CA on soil quality and crop productivity under conditions of the major cropping systems in central, north-central and north-eastern regions of Namibia. Conventional tillage (CT), Minimum tillage (MT), Minimum tillage, mulch (MT-M), Minimum tillage, rotation (MT-R) and Minimum tillage, mulch...

Author(s): L. P. Kudumo, F. Itanna, C. Thierfelder and J. Kambatuku    

Effect of paddy sourcing methods on the volume of rice milled by small and medium-scale rice millers in Mwea, Kirinyaga County, Kenya

September 2023

The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of paddy sourcing methods on the volume of rice milled by small and medium-scale rice millers in Mwea, Kirinyaga County, Kenya. Data were collected using semi-structured questionnaires from 90 small-scale millers and 70 medium-scale millers amounting to a total of 160 rice millers. The results from a Multinomial Endogenous Switching Regression (MESR) show that direct...

Author(s): Apollo Uma, Dickson Okello and Florence Opondo  

Response of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to nutrient amendments across variable agro-climatic conditions in Ghana

September 2023

Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is an important crop with the potential to curb malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). However, poor soil fertility is considered to be the major constraint for bean production in SSA. This study determines canopy spread, chlorophyll content, stomatal conductance, and seed yield of common beans in a field experiment conducted at Fumesua (rain-forest) and Akumadan...

Author(s): Stephen Yeboah, , Patricia Amankwaa-Yeboah, James Yaw Asibuo, Joseph Adomako, Lamptey Maxwell, Cynthia Darko, Kennedy Agyeman, Patricia Pinamang Acheampong and Louis Butare  

Intricacies of utilizing Turnitin tool in agricultural extension content writing in Nigeria

September 2023

The study analyzed how Turnitin misjudges semantics used in agricultural extension writing in Nigeria. The paper applied thematic content analysis on 30 selected extension contents from Nigerian sources. Codes, percentage count and line graph were used in analysing data. The results show the inability of Turnitin to recognize agricultural extension semantics, such as, “The study was designed to…”, and...

Author(s): Emmanuel Odinaka Okoroma, Ogbonnaya Aja Okoro, Christiana Ihuoma Agomuo, Comfort Chigozie Godson-Ibeji and Nsongurua Dianabasi Inyang  

Maize phenology as an indicator of climate change simulated by RegCM4 under RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 in Mozambique

August 2023

The IPCC fifth assessment report indicates an increase in air temperature under future scenarios over Mozambique. It may affect the development cycle and length of phenological stages of maize, and compromise the agricultural activity in Mozambique. The goal is to quantify the response of maize phenology to referred projected changes in climate, especially highlighting changes in air temperature patterns over...

Author(s): Telmo Cosme A. Sumila, Simone E. T. Ferraz and Angelica Durigon  

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

August 2023

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 and 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

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

August 2023

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 C. gynandra. Nine...

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

Comparison of the effectiveness of heterotic grouping methods in classifying intermediate maturing maize (Zea mays L.) inbred lines under stressful and non-stressful environments

August 2023

The effectiveness of a hybrid breeding program depends on the heterotic patterns that can be used to utilize grain-yield heterosis. This study was carried out to (a) categorize inbred lines into heterotic groups using three different methods and (b) determine the most effective heterotic grouping method for categorizing set of inbred lines.  A total of 96 hybrids generated from thirty-two set of inbred lines...

Author(s): Priscilla Francisco Ribeiro, Charles Afriyie-Debrah, Allen Oppong, Maxwell Darko Asante, Eric Baffoe, Desmond Darko Asiedu, Matilda Bissah, Emmanuel Acquah and Kwadwo Adofo  

Opportunities, perceptions and challenges in production and use of traditional grains in Semi-Arid Masvingo District, Zimbabwe

August 2023

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...

Author(s): Nyasha Rugwete, Tonderai Mutibvu and Tinyiko E Halimani

Role of income from rice cultivation on livelihoods of rice farmers: Evidence from Ahero Region, Kenya

August 2023

In Africa, the demand for rice has increased rapidly as urbanization progresses and assistance is being provided to improve productivity and rice farming management. In the rice-cultivation area near Lake Victoria in western Kenya, where farmers are called “outgrowers”, wage labor costs put pressure on rice farming and reduce profits. However, wage laborers were rice farmers living in the same area. The...

Author(s): Yuko Yamane, Mayumi Kikuta and Kasumi Ito  

Environmental effects on sugarcane growth from on-farm data in the Brazilian Midwest

August 2023

Climate and soil water availability are factors that influence the growth and yield of sugarcane. These factors can also serve as valuable indicators for predicting maturity and biometric changes in sugarcane, and also enhanced productivity. The aim of this study was to determine the biometric and sucrose accumulation responses of surgarcane as a function of agrometeorological data and soil water storage. The study was...

Author(s): Jordana Moura Caetano, Derblai Casaroli, José Alves Júnior, Dayanna Teodoro Quirino, Adão Wagner Pêgo Evangelista and Frank Freire Capuchinho  

Heterosis, combining ability and reaction of tomato parental lines and their F1 hybrids to bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum in Kenya

August 2023

Strategies to manage bacterial wilt disease causing 64-100% yield loss have limited effectiveness. A 10×10 diallel mating design excluding reciprocals and self was employed in this study to evaluate combing ability effects, heterosis, and reaction to bacterial wilt in 10 tomato parents. Genotypes AVTO1424 (11.87%), AVTO1429 (12.29%) and AVTO1314 (13.53%) were found to have significantly lower disease incidence,...

Author(s): Kathimba Francis Kamau, Kimani Paul Macharia, Narla Rama Devi and Kiirika Leonard Muriithi

Evaluation of vibration reduction isolators for hand transmitted vibration of single-axle tractors

July 2023

The walk-behind control of single-axle tractors imposes a great workload on the operators which increases muscular fatigue. Experienced operators were involved during field experiments to investigate and establish the magnitudes of hand-transmitted vibration experienced by single-axle tractor operators with and without vibration reduction isolators during tillage operation. The results indicated that the magnitudes of...

Author(s): A.S. Hassan, N. G. Nalitolela and B. A. Majaja  

Research progress on tomato spotted wilt virus transmitted by Thrips

July 2023

Thrip is a collective name for Thysanoptera, an agricultural pest that is widely distributed around the world and transmits viruses, in addition, to directly eating crops, causing extremely serious economic losses. Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is one of the main viruses transmitted by thrips. Since the discovery of TSWV in 1919, much progress and achievements have been made in its characteristics, mechanism of...

Author(s): Wang Huanting, Huang lifei, Zheng Xialin, Jiang Jianjun, Chao Xuemei and Yang Lang  

Population dynamics and infestation level of Tetranychus evansi Baker and Pritchard, 1960 (Acari: Tetranychidae) over two tomato planting seasons in Burkina Faso

July 2023

Tetranychus evansi is an invasive pest of Solanaceae in West Africa. It causes severe damage and economic losses in tomato production. This study, conducted in four sites (Loumbila, Ouagadougou, Pabré and Tanghin-Dassouri) in the central zone of Burkina Faso, assessed the density of T. evansi over two growing seasons and evaluated the infestation levels through the tomato growth cycle from planting up to harvest....

Author(s): E. Drabo , F. Traoré , A. Waongo , L. C. Dabiré-Binso and A. Sanon  

Adopting a three-strata forage system for an integral food, feed outputs and agro-ecological sustenance

July 2023

The exploitation of diverse cropping practices alongside residue incorporation has remained low among small-holder rural farming households in Sub-Saharan Africa. Three-stratum forage system (TSFS) which integrates forages for animal feeds with food crops is a significant sustainable strategy for enhancing residue incorporation. This study was conducted in Busia County in Kenya to; (i) determine the effects of TSFS on...

Author(s): Dorine Oware, Erick Cheruiyot, Samuel Mwonga, Lydia Waswa, Sahrah Fischer and Thomas Hilger  

Influences of organic waste and inorganic fertilizer for sustainable production of plantain (Musa spp. AAB) in a humid forest zone of Cameroon

July 2023

Plantain is commonly grown in gardens and small farms where productivity usually declines over time due to soil nutrient depletion. This soil fertility problem could be overcome if the nutrients removed from harvests are replaced with available fertilizers. This study assessed growth, yield, and cost effectiveness of plantain under organic and inorganic fertilization in the humid forest zone of Cameroon. The experiment...

Author(s): Ekwa Y. Monono, Andrew E. Egbe, Ewumbua M. Monono, Lewis D. Levai and Ernest Asiedu

Growth performance of lavender, pearl grey, royal purple and white varieties of domesticated helmeted guinea fowl (Numida meleagris) raised under intensive management system in Botswana

July 2023

The objective of this study was to evaluate growth performance of pearl grey, lavender, royal purple and white varieties of helmeted guinea fowl (Numida meleagris) raised under intensive management system. A total of 47, 43, 37 and 30 guinea fowls of pearl grey, lavender, royal purple and white varieties, respectively, were evaluated for growth performance. The guinea fowls were raised under deep litter management...

Author(s): Boitumelo Kgakole, Shalaulani James Nsoso and Patrick Monametsi Kgwatalala  

Impact of climate change on cotton production: The case of three major cotton producing provinces in Zimbabwe

July 2023

The objective of this study was to describe effects of temperature regimes and rainfall patterns on cotton production in Zimbabwe. A 30 years climate data was sourced from Zimbabwe Department of Meteorological Services and cotton statistics from Department of Agriculture and Rural Extension (AREX), Zimbabwe. Descriptive statistics was used to determine observed trends between the recorded climatic data and the cotton...

Author(s): Njanji M. and Parwada C.  

Response of rice (Oryza sativa L.) to foliar fertilizer

July 2023

This experiment was conducted to evaluate the impact of foliar fertilizer on the growth and yield parameters of rice, due to the fact that foliar fertilizer utilization is not a common practice in field crop production in Ghana. Eight treatments comprising two (Recommended fertilizer application rate for farmers) and six others which are the foliar fertilizer (Boost Xtra foliar fertilizer) were used. The analyzed...

Author(s): Alice Afrakomah Amoah, Maxwel Asante, Ali Daniel Boadu, Jessica Akowuah, Philip Lincoln Blavo and Quansah Ayireibi Danso  

Effects of selected herbicides on management of weeds in finger millet (Eleusine coracana L)

June 2023

A study was conducted to determine the suitable herbicide(s) for effective weed management in finger millet, in order to address the major biotic stress of weeds infestation and attain optimal productivity of finger millet. Field experiments were conducted in Baringo and Kericho counties in Kenya for two growing seasons, using a randomized complete block design (RCBD) and replicated three times. Three pre-emergence...

Author(s): Amayu W. Tirihana, Paul K. Kimurto and Patrick Murerwa

Tolerance of sugarcane varieties to different levels of water depletion on soil

June 2023

Sugarcane is one of the most important crops for Brazilian agribusiness, despite water stress being one of the main limiting factors of growth and productivity. Thus, the objective was to verify if there is variation in the tolerance to water deficit among sugarcane varieties in the soil and climate conditions of Quirinópolis-GO (State of Goiás). The trial was conducted on a Red Latosol, with sugarcane...

Author(s): João Carlos Rocha Dos Anjos, José Alves Júnior, Derblai Casaroli, Adão Wagner Pego Evangelista, Jéssica Sousa Paixão, Carlos Cesar Silva Jardim, Gustavo Cassiano Da Silva, Aderson Soares de Andrade Júnior and Rafael Battisiti  

Mitotic response of Allium cepa L. to toxicity of pharmaceutical effluents

June 2023

The need to determine the mutagenic ability of waste waters from pharmaceutical industry is on the rise. With the aid of macro and micro assay of the root tip, this study was carried out to assess the genotoxic effects of varied concentrations of three pharmaceutical effluents (Ciprofloxacin, Arthemetrin and Psuedophedrin) on Allium cepa root tip during mitosis. The chemical evaluation of the effluents confirmed the...

Author(s): Emmanuel Obiora Udoh, Sheily Nneka Egonu, Nnaemeka Maduabuchi Eze, Ngozi Eucharia Abu, Godswill Chukwunonso Ajuziogu, Maryrose Chigozie Nwankwo, Nnamdi Ogwo, Eugene Obashi Ojua and Goodness Okeh.  

Status and management strategies of major insect pests and fungal diseases of maize in Africa: A review

June 2023

The escalating populations in Africa contribute to the already existing challenge of food insecurity, which is further exacerbated by the emergence and resurgence of pests and diseases, resulting in substantial annual yield losses. Maize, a vital staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa, serves as crucial food source, animal fodder, and raw material for industries. Nonetheless, its vulnerability to pests and diseases puts...

Author(s): Flora Adachi Asibe, Patrick Maada Ngegba, Edith Mugehu and Clement Gboyega Afolabi

Effect of molybdenum and nitrogen rates on the growth and vegetative structure of Megathyrsusmaximus (Syn. Panicum maximum)

June 2023

The objective of this study was to identify the rate of molybdenum that when associated with nitrogen fertilization, would provide the best responses on the vegetative structure of Mombasa grass. Forty days after planting, a uniform pruning was made when the established levels of molybdenum were applied and the experimental period started. The experimental design was a randomized block, with four replications (blocks),...

Author(s): Alberto Chambela Neto, Ismail Ramalho Haddade, Paola Alfonsa Vieira Lo Monaco, Gustavo Haddad Souza Vieira, Renata Gomes da Silveira Deminicis and Bruno Borges Deminicis  

On-farm participatory evaluation and selection of crop varieties at climate changes in Southern Niger

June 2023

Participatory varietal selection (PVS) is one of the most rapid and cost-effective ways for breeders, farmers, and agronomists to identify high-yielding and well adapted varieties to current climate threats and to obtain feedback from the potential end users in the early phases of the breeding cycle (s). On the other hand, a participatory evaluation of improved and local varieties of pearl millet, sorghum, cowpea, and...

Author(s): Abdourazak Alio Moussa, Bouba Traoré, Bassirou Sani Boubacar Gaoh and Ibrahima Abdoussalam

Evaluation of Zimbabwean tobacco varieties for potential as a source of tobacco seed oil (TSO)

June 2023

The impending curtailment of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) use in its traditional smoking form demands that economies previously dependent on tobacco as a cash crop find alternative sources of income. Alternatively, to enable the continued use of existing infrastructure and experience by growers, these economies could continue to grow the crop for other uses. The objective of this trial was, therefore, to explore...

Author(s): Cabinet C. Musuna-Garwe, Bellington Mudyawabikwa, Susan Dimbi and Dahlia Garwe  

High-density polyethylene containers and super grain bag reduce storage insect pests’ infestation in maize and preserve grain quality

June 2023

The study evaluated the performance of polypropylene bag (PP), polyethylene drum (PD), polyethylene silo tank (PST), and super grain bag (SGB) on preserving maize quality. The trials were conducted on-station and on-farm. Insect density, grain damage, weight loss, and grain moisture content were determined monthly for six months for on-station trials. For on-farm, insect density and grain damage were assessed every two...

Author(s): Rafael José Nguenha, Lucas Daniel Tivana, Paula da Conceição M. Viola, Isabel João B. Monjane, Sandra Salvador I. Chemane, Nswana Kanfwanfwa, Dovel Branquinho Ernesto and Olipa N. Lungu

Characterizing the cycle of heavy metals in horticultural production for Mbare Musika in Harare, Zimbabwe

June 2023

Heavy metal cycles in horticultural systems in areas supplying vegetables to Mbare Musika were characterized with reference to the soil, water, fertilizers used and crops grown from different ecological zones of Zimbabwe. Apart from inherent soil heavy metal properties, anthropogenic sources contributed through irrigation water and fertilizers. Different areas specialized in growing peculiar vegetables through influence...

Author(s): S. Kodani  

Relative importance of functions of innovation system on cassava climate smart farming in Kenya

June 2023

Functions of innovation systems framework have established their value as tools for exploring socio-technological transitions and economic development. Although the “seven functions” model has demonstrated its academic value across a vast literature, there have been few attempts to explore the role of the model in climate smart farming. Therefore, the aim of this study is to determine relative importance of...

Author(s): Paul O. Tana, Stephen W. Maina, Bockline O. Bebe Felister W. Makini and Dickson O. Okello  

Phenotypic characterization and beta-carotene quantification towards selection for high beta-carotene maize accessions

June 2023

Yellow maize varieties in Ghana have low beta-carotene levels, but if improved, they could lessen the negative health effects of vitamin-A deficiency. Finding promising yellow maize accessions that could be used to breed higher beta-carotene varieties was the goal of the study. The study involved the collection of 100 local accessions, phenotypic identification, evaluation of genetic relatedness, and quantification of...

Author(s): Gilbert ANSAH, Samuel AMITEYE, Harry Mensah AMOATEY, Vivian ODURO, Maxwell ABIVE-BORTSI, Jacob Teye KUTUFAM, Doris Akua DZIMEGA, Jonathan Okai ARMAH, Innocent Kwaku DORVLO and Godwin AMENORPE,  

The competitiveness of The Gambia agro-food trade

June 2023

This paper examines the competitiveness of The Gambia agri-food exports from 2012 to 2021 utilizing the revealed comparative advantage index, the Kaplan-Meier survival function, and Cox regression model. The results indicate that thirteen of the twenty-four products have comparative advantages in the global market, while seven of the twenty-four products have comparative advantages in the regional market. In terms of...

Author(s): Baseedy Bojang,  

Determinants of farmers’ choice of fodder market outlets in Laikipia County, Kenya

May 2023

Commercial fodder farming is rapidly expanding in Laikipia County, Kenya and there is an emerging market formation involving different market actors. Several market outlets are at the farmers’ disposal for channelling their fodder to consumers. The purpose of this study was therefore, to determine the factors which influence choices of fodder market outlets in Laikipia County. Using data from 204 fodder farmers,...

Author(s): Stephen Muema Mutuku, Florence Achieng’ Opondo and Job Kibiwot Lagat  

Ethnobotany and perceptions on the value of taro (Colocasia esculenta) among farmers in Benin Republic

May 2023

Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is a widely grown vegetatively propagated food crop in the Benin Republic. The taro leaf blight (TLB) epidemic in 2009, caused by Phytophthora colocasiae, has destroyed taro production and wiped out many taro landraces in West Africa. A survey was conducted in the southern region of Benin to assess the status of taro and TLB, ethnobotany, farmers' perceptions of taro, and identify...

Author(s): Z. Natacha Julienne Quenum,, P. Lava Kumar, Malachy O. Akoroda, Alexandre Dansi, Ramesh Raju Vetukuri and Ranjana Bhattacharjee  

Characterization and classification of greenbelt soils in Yambio and Nzara counties, Western Equatoria State, South Sudan

May 2023

The objectives of this study were to characterize, classify and evaluate the potential and constraints  of  the soils of Sakure and Nginda Payams in Nzara and Yambio counties in the Greenbelt zone of Western Equatoria State, South Sudan. Ten soil pits were dug, described and sampled based on FAO soil profile description guideline and samples were analysed using standard routine lab analyses for physical and...

Author(s): Isaac A. J. Bazugba, Boniface H. J. Massawe, Mawazo Shitindi and Pio K. Deng

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