African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6786

Table of Content: 4 March 2010; 5(5)

March 2010

Effect of seed rate, row spacing and fertility levels on relative economics of soybean (Glycine max L.) under temperate conditions

  A field experiment was conducted at Shalimar campus during kharif seasons in 2004 and 2005 on a silt clay loam soil, with average available N and K, and low P. The experiment was done to study the production performance of soybean as influenced by seed rate, row spacing and fertility levels under temperate conditions. The experiment, comprising 27 treatment combinations viz., 3 levels each of seed...

Author(s): B. A. Lone, Badrul Hassan, S. Ansar-ul-haq and M. H. Khan

March 2010

Revision of the Nerlovian partial adjustment framework and its application to sorghum production in Nigeria

  An attempt was made in this paper to show how varying coefficients of adjustment might be incorporated into the Nerlovian partial adjustment framework and the resulting model applied to sorghum production in Nigeria.  The nonlinear forms of the model were estimated with Quasi-Newton iteration technique while the linear forms were estimated with regress. The estimated coefficients conform to theoretical...

Author(s): J. N. Nmadu

March 2010

Profit efficiency among Kenyan smallholders milk producers: A case study of Meru-South district, Kenya

  Production inefficiency is usually analyzed by economical efficiency, which is composed of two components-technical and allocative efficiencies. This study provided a direct measure of production efficiency of the smallholder milk producers in Kenya using a stochastic profit frontier and inefficiency model. The primary data were collected, using IMPACT (intergrated modeling platform for mixed animal crops...

Author(s): S. K. Nganga, , J. Kungu, N. de Ridder and M. Herrero

March 2010

Economic assessment of fertilizer use and integrated practices for environmental sustainability and agricultural productivity in Sudan savannah zone, Nigeria

  An assessment of fertilizer use and other integrated practices was carried out with two hundred farmers selected by stratified random sampling from twenty villages in Kano and Katsina States of Nigeria. The farming system was mixed farming (legume-cereal-livestock mixture), as a strategy both to address nutrient management as well as their livelihoods (both food and income security). The major crops comprised...

Author(s): Ayoola Josephine Bosede

March 2010

Non-credit services of group-based financial institutions: Implications for smallholder women’s honey income in arid and semi arid lands of Kenya

  This paper analyses the effect of non-credit services of joint liability credit institutions on smallholder women beekeepers’ honey income. The non-credit services offered to the beekeepers were mainly enterprise development services (including trainings on marketing, business, production and sub-sector analysis). The study uses cross-sectional data from a survey of women beekeepers participating in...

Author(s): Peter Shimon Otieno, Rose Adhiambo Nyikal and Fred Invani Mugivane

March 2010

The impact of EurepGAP requirements on farm income from greenhouse tomatoes in Turkey

  The aim of this study was to determine whether a difference existed between the income levels of farmers with EurepGAP certificates and farmers who produce conventionally (without a certificate). The data were collected from 16 certified households that produce tomatoes in greenhouses in the Antalya Province and 33 uncertified greenhouse farms who were chosen randomly in the same region. All data was analysed...

Author(s): Zeki Bayramoglu, Erdemir Gundogmus and F. Fusun Tatlidil

March 2010

The groundnut client oriented research in Tabora, Tanzania

  A client oriented groundnut research was carried out in Tabora, Tanzania. Objectives were to solicit farmers’ preferences on groundnut production and evaluate groundnut varieties under varying environments and conditions. Semi structured questionnaires and focus groups were used to solicit farmers’ opinions. On-station and on-farm trials were conducted based on recommendations suggested by...

Author(s): Tulole Lugendo Bucheyeki,, M. Erasto Shenkalwa, X. Theofora Mapunda and W. Leah Matata

March 2010

Response to absorption of the crossbreeding of the local goat with exotic breeds in the oases of Southern Tunisia

  From 1980, the development project within the framework of genetic improvement achieved significant progress through crossbreeding of local goats with imported improver races at the Institute of the Arid Areas of Medenine. This article summarizes the performances of the various genotypes produced since1980. The crossing between these goat races appreciably improved the performances of growth and milk...

Author(s): Amor Gaddour, Sghaier Najari and Mabrouk Ouni

March 2010

Investigation of different irrigation systems based on the parametric evaluation approach in Boneh Basht plain - Iran

  The main objective of this research is to compare different irrigation methods based on parametric evaluation system in an area of 4688 ha in the Boneh Basht plain located in the Khuzestan Province, in the Southwest of Iran. The results showed that for 760 ha (16.21%) of the study area sprinkle irrigation method was highly recommended; however there was not any highly suitable lands for both drip and surface...

Author(s): Saeed Boroomand Nasab, Mohammad Albaji and AbdAli Naseri

March 2010

Studies on the effect of residual and applied phosphorus on the yield and quality of fodder sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) based cropping system and relative economics of the system

  The experiment was carried out with the objective of studying the effect of phosphorus application timings and its sources in wheat-sorghum cropping system during rabi 2004 and kharief 2005, at the main campus Chatha of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, India. The soil was loamy in texture, neutral in reaction with low available nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and...

Author(s):   Manzoor Ahmad Ganai, Amarjeet S. Bali, M. A. Bhat and I. A. Bhat

March 2010

Effects of some plant growth promoting rhizobacteria treated twice on flower thining, fruit set and properties on apple

  The objective of this study was to determine the effects of inoculation bacteria (Agrobacterium rubi A-18, Bacillus subtilis OSU-142, Burkholderia gladioliOSU-7 and Pseudomonas putida BA-8) treated twice on flower thinning, set and fruit properties of apple cultivars, Starking Delicious, Granny Smith, Starkrimson Delicious and Starkspur. Golden Delicious cultivars grafted on MM...

Author(s): Halil Karakurt and Rafet Aslantas

March 2010

Modeling the terminal velocity of agricultural seeds with artificial neural networks

  Terminal velocity (TV) is one of the important aerodynamic properties of materials, including seeds of agricultural crops that are necessary to design of pneumatic conveying systems, fluidized bed dryer and cleaning the product from foreign materials. Prior attempts to predict TV utilized various physical and empirical models with various degrees of success. In this study, supervised artificial neural...

Author(s): S. Ghamari, A. M. Borghei, H. Rabbani, J. Khazaei and F. Basati

March 2010

Inheritance of fusarium wilts (Fusarium oxysporum F. sp. phaseoli) resistance in climbing beans

  Fusarium wilt, caused by Fusarium oxysporum F. sp. phaseoli caused growers to abandon the most popular climbing bean cultivar, Umubano (G2333) in Rwanda. The present objective was to determine the nature of inheritance of fusarium wilt resistance and recommend a breeding strategy to introduce resistance into susceptible cultivars. Two cultivars, vuninkingi (G685) and flora were donors of...

Author(s):   Augustine Musoni, Paul Kimani, R. D. Narla, Robin Buruchara and James Kelly

March 2010

Consumer acceptability of seventeen popcorn maize (Zea mays L.) varieties in Nigeria

  Pop corn (Zea mays Everta) which is grown solely for human consumption in the developed countries is now becoming popular in Nigeria. The production and utilization of popcorn enhances the availability of the field corn for livestock and for other industrial uses. Due to the ban on importation of grains including maize and popcorn in Nigeria, efforts were geared towards the development and cultivation of...

Author(s): J. E.  Iken and N. A. Amusa