Agriculture

Research Papers/Topics in Agriculture

Determinants Of Microcredit Access And F Farmers’ Investment In Small Scale Peri-urban Agriculture: A Case Study Of Dzorwulu Vegetable Farmers

Agriculture accounts for a lot of land use in most of the developing countries; hence it is probably the single most powerful influence on environmental quality. Agriculture remains the principal livelihood of the rural poor (Malik, 1999). Agriculture has been the backbone of the Ghanaian economy. Agriculture is very vital to society. It helps to alleviate poverty, provide food security and economic growth. It is the backbone of many African economies especially Ghana...

Management Of Urea Supergranule (Usg) Application To Improve Growth And Yield Of Rice (Oryza Sativa L) In Some Paddy Soils Of Togo And Ghana

Nitrogen (N) is known to be a major limiting crop nutrient which is required in large amounts as compared with other major nutrients. In rice (Oryza sativa L.) cropping, urea is the main source of N which is applied to the crop because of its relatively low cost and its high N concentration (46%). However, low N use efficiency is always associated with urea application under paddy fields because of its high N loss, mostly through ammonia (NH3) volatilization. The spli...

Economic Analysis Of Cowpea Preservation Technologies With Special Focus On The Hydrothermal Treatm Ent Technology

The need to increase and sustain the production of cowpea in Ghana has been recognised. It is a cheaper source of protein and thus has the potential to alleviate protein malnutrition. Specifically, the study determines the various storage and preservation technologies that are known n and/or used by cowpea farmers, the profitability of cowpea preservation by means of the newly introduced technology called the hydrothermal treatment technology, and also identifies the ...

Assessing The Current Status Of Greenhouse Industry In Selected Regions In Ghana

The greenhouse technology is a booming segment of agriculture in the world, because it offers a favorable climate conditions which increase plants growth as the plants are grown in a controlled environment. This research assessed the present conditions of the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) in Ghana and emphasized on issues that are paramount to Greenhouse vegetable production effectiveness. The general objective was to evaluate the current status for greenho...

Crossbreeding, Additive And Heterotic Effects On Production Traits In Jersey Crossbred Cattle At Agricultural Research Station , Legon.

ABSTRACT Relative performance of breed groups, additive and heterotic effects on milk production, reproduction and calf growth traits in Jersey x West African Shorthorn (WAS) and Jersey x Sokoto Gudali (GUD) crossbred cattle were studied using sixteen years field records kept at the Agricultural Research Station, Legon. The genotypes consisted of WAS; 1/2 Jersey, 1/2 WAS (WAS Fj); 3/4 Jersey, 1/4 WAS (WAS Be); GUD; 1/2 Jersey, 1/2 GUD (GUD Fj) ; 3/4 Jersey, 1/4 GUD (GUD Be). M...

Socio-economic Determinants Of Diversification Behaviour Of Cocoa Producers In The Ashanti Region

The study analyses the effect of the socio-economic determinants on diversification behaviour of cocoa producers herein referred to as ‘producers, ’ in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The Logit model was employed in the study, which identifies the reasons for diversification into other perennial and annual crops, animal production and off-farm activities. The constraints faced by producers in diversifying, as ranked by the producers, are also analysed. Three hundred ...

Studies On Oil Palm Based Cropping Systems In Ghana

A survey was conducted in 1994 to gather information on the practice of intercropping food crops in oil palm on small-scale farms in the oil palm zones of southern Ghana. The objective was to identify and study intercropping systems used in oil palm production. Data was collected by interviewing a total of 72 oil palm farmers from the oil palm growingregions,(Eastern, Central,Western,Ashanti,Brong-Ahafo,and Volta) at their farm locations. The respo...

Effective Use Of Bacillus Thuringiensis Berliner Subsp. Kurstaki For Control Of Diamondback Moth (Plutella Xylostella) (L .) (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) On Cabbage

Two field experiments were carried out at W eija Irrigation Company (Ghana), from February to November 1995 on the effective use of Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner subsp. kurstaki (Dipel 2X) against the diamondback moth Plutella xylostella on cabbage (Brassica oleraceu var. capitata (L.). In the first experiment, different concentrations (0.25 g/1, 0.5 g/1, 1.0 g/1 and 2.0 g/1) of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki (B.t.) were applied at weekly and fortnightly int...

Genetic Analysis Of Host Plant Resistance To The Cassava Mosaic Disease

The genetic control of resistance to the cassava mosaic disease (CMD) in some African landraces, their relationship with the widely used resistant genetic stock, clone 58308, and molecular markers associated with resistance to CMD in the landraces were evaluated in this study. The F-i progenies of 54 cassava crosses and their parents (clone 58308, six improved clones and 15 African landraces) were evaluated in two genetic experiments in three environments in Nige...

Developing Maize (Zea Mays L.) For Fresh Maize Production In Southeastern Nigeria

ABSTRACT  Green (fresh) maize (Zea mays L.) provides food security and income to farmers especially when other crops are still in the field. However, research on green maize variety is scarcely reported in literature or information on suitable genetic material (germplasm) for green maize production. Developing maize for fresh maize production in the southeastern Nigeria was carried out in the Center for Agricultural Research, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Federa...

IDENTIFICATION OF SOURCES AND LOCI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SOYABEAN [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] CULTIVARS THAT COMBINE BACTERIAL PUSTULE AND SEED DECAY RESISTANCE WITH HIGH POD CLEARANCE

Globally, diseases constitute a major biotic constraint to soyabean production. Although, the list of diseases of soyabean in Ghana has been published, the incidence, severity, and distribution of listed diseases were not indicated. Secondly, the Savannah Agriculture Research Institute (SARI) has accumulated considerable number of soyabean genotypes most of which were sourced from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the United States Departm...

Growth Response of Pink Shrimp Penaeus notialis (Perez Far Fante) to Protein enhanced Diets

Artificial feeds of different protein levels (20%, 30% and 40%) were formulated and prepared using locally available Agro Industrial By-Products (AIBPs) such as wheat bran, soybean meal, groundnut cake, fish meal, premix and cassava starch. Prepared feeds were fed to three populations of Penaeus notialis Post Larval Shrimps (PLs) under semi-intensive pond conditions for a 24 week culture period.PLs were fed a daily ration administered six hourly at the rate of 10%, 8%, 6%,...

Communication Channel Preference And Its Relationship With Accessibility To Information

ABSTRACTThe study aimed at researching into communication channel preferences and howit relates to accessibility to information, The study was carried out in the Ho districtof the Volta Region of Ghana,Data was collected from four communities in the Ho district. These are: Tanyigbe,Hodzo-Ve, Dave and Gbleve. Volta Community Water and Sanitation Program(VCWSP) ranked Tanyigbe community highest in terms of socio-economic status.Hodzo-Ve, Dave and Gbleve communities had the same lower level of r...

Influence Of Grafting On The Growth, Yield, Quality And Shelf Life Of Tomatoes (Solanum Lycopersicum L.) Grafted Onto Three Solanum Species

ABSTRACTA pot experiment was carried out from 15th December, 2014 to 20th June, 2015 at the University of Ghana Forest and Horticultural Crop Research Centre (FOHCREC), Okumaning under greenhouse conditions in a randomized complete block design to investigate the influence of grafting on growth, yield, quality and shelf life of tomato grafted onto three solanum species. Two tomato varieties ‘Fadeεbege’, and ‘Nkansah HT’ were used as scions and three solanum specie ‘Gboma’, ‘Bla...

Effect Of Type Of Initiation And Growing Media On Growth And Nutrient Uptake Of Plantain (Musa Aab) At The Nursery Stage

ABSTRACTPlantain (Musa spp) is one of the most important food crops. A limiting factor to large-scale production and or expansion of existing plantation is the difficulty in obtaining adequate planting materials. Although the tissue culture technique provides a higher multiplication rate, facilities are non-existent, and if available, the cost will be expensive and unavailable to most farmers in developing countries such as Ghana. The split-corm technique is a cheaper method for raising plant...


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