African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6843

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of applying low rates of lime and manure on bean growth and yield on Ferralsols of Lake Victoria crescent agro-ecological Zone-Central Uganda

Freddie Kabango
  • Freddie Kabango
  • Faculty of Agriculture, Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, P. O. Box 5498, Kampala, Uganda.
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Byalebeka John
  • Byalebeka John
  • Faculty of Agriculture, Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, P. O. Box 5498, Kampala, Uganda.
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Semalulu Onesimus
  • Semalulu Onesimus
  • National Agricultural Research Laboratories, Kawanda, P. O. Box 7065, Kampala, Uganda.
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Andrew W. Lenssen
  • Andrew W. Lenssen
  • Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA.
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Majaliwa M. J. G
  • Majaliwa M. J. G
  • RUFORUM, Makerere University P. O. Box 16811, Wandegeya, Kampala, Uganda.
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Kyebogola Stewart
  • Kyebogola Stewart
  • Department of Production, Jinja District, P. O. Box 1551, Jinja, Uganda.
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  •  Received: 14 August 2022
  •  Accepted: 16 November 2022
  •  Published: 31 December 2022


An experiment was conducted to determine the effect of applying low rates of lime and chicken manure on bean (var. NABE 15) growth and yield on Ferralsols. Using split plot factorial randomized complete block design, lime (0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 t ha-1) as the main plot and chicken manure (0.0, 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 t ha-1) as sub plot, were replicated three times. The experiment was conducted for three rainy seasons, two seasons’ on-station and one season on-farm using promising combinations from the on-station experiments.  In Mukono, increased grain yield of 117% over the control was observed at 2.0 t ha-1 lime with 1.0 t ha-1 manure. Applying 1.5 t ha-1 lime with 2.0 or 3.0 t ha-1 manure resulted in a yield increase of 81.1 and 103.6% over the control respectively. Applying 0.5 t ha-1 lime or 1.0 and 2.0 t ha-1 manure alone caused minimal yields. In Masaka 0.5 t ha-1 lime with 3.0 t ha-1 manure, resulted in 95% yield increase over the control. The control and 0.5 t ha-1 lime yielded the least.  All the BCRs were less than one; there was net gain in nutrients (N . P . K) for the subsequent crop.

Key words: Agricultural lime, chicken manure, bean growth and yield, benefit cost ratio (BCR).