Agriculture

Research Papers/Topics in Agriculture

Feed Intake and Utilization of Sodium Hydroxide-Treated Rice Straw as Affected by Supplements of Cassava Peels and Treated Water Hyacinth

ABSTRACT Several strategies such as chemical treatment and supplementation have been used in an attempt to improve the quality of rice straw as a feed for livestock. Protein and energy supplementation has been shown to improve the nutritive value of straw. Three experiments were conducted on the hypothesis that ensiled water hyacinth, with or without cassava peels, will enhance the utilization of the basal diet of NaOH-treated rice straw and addition of dried cassava peels to ensiled water hy...

Genetic Analysis of Tolerance to Low Soil Nitrogen in Intermediate Maturing Maize (Zea Mays L.) Inbred Lines

ABSTRACT Low soil nitrogen (N) is one of the most important constraints to maize production in subSaharan Africa (SSA) in general and in particular the Bimodal Humid Forest Zone (BHFZ) of Cameroon. The development and adoption of maize varieties tolerant to low N soils could reduce the need for nitrogen inputs and significantly contribute to sustainable maize production. The objectives of this research were to: i) identify maize production constraints and farmers preferred maize characte...

The Use of Ionizing Radiation from 60co Gamma Source in Controlling Moldiness in Dried Cocoa Beans

ABSTRACT Mouldiness in stored cocoa beans in Ghana and the production of aflatoxin have been studied. Based on actual weight of discarded beans, mouldy beans have been estimated to constitute 0.13 % and 0.00002 % of marketable beans at the farm ers’ level and the buying agents’ depots respectively in the Tafo District. This is contrasted with an estimated value o f 0.16 % obtained in a questionnaire type study involving farmers. Estimated mouldy beans at the Tema port was 0.69 % per year ...

Causes and Trends in Shoreline Change in The Western Region of Ghana

ABSTRACT Shoreline change is an issue of concern to most coastal managers because the coastal zone is home to over 60% of the world’s population. In Ghana, shoreline change has been associated with loss of economic lands and properties. Previous researches have shown that the Ghana coastline is eroding at variable rates; the Eastern and Central Zones are receding while the Western zone is thought of as stable. This opinion, however, contrasts field observations and interview with local coas...

Assessment of Phenotypic Diversity and Farmers‟ Knowledge of Cultivation and Utilization of Pigeon Pea [Cajanus Cajan (L.) Millspaugh]

ABSTRACT Pigeon pea plays a significant role in smallholder farmers‟ subsistence. In Benin, there is a dearth of information on the genetic diversity present in the crop. Indigenous knowledge used in folk medicines, taxonomy, crop management and seed system have not been assembled and documented. This study aimed at assessing farmers‟ knowledge related to pigeon pea cultivation and uses and genetic diversity of pigeon pea germplasm in Benin. Participatory Rural Appraisal including individ...

Growth of Cocoa Seedlings as Affected by Different Growth Media and Different Polybag Sizes

ABSTRACT A study was conducted to determine the effects of different growth media and different poly bag sizes on the growth of cocoa seedlings in the nursery. The experimental design was split plot design with three replicates. The treatments were soil (S), carbonated rice husk (CRH), cocoa pod husk (CPH), cocopeat (CP) , sawdust (SD), S+CRH, S+CPH, S+CP, S+SD, CRH+CPH, CRH+CP, CRH+SD, CPH+CP, CPH+SD, CP+SD and the three polytene bag sizes were 12.5 cm x 18.5 cm (small), 10.0 cm x 35.0 cm (...

Assessment of Variability in Fruit Quality Characteristics and Levels of Some Bioactive Compounds in African Eggplant (Solanum Aethiopicum L.) Germplasm in Ghana

ABSTRACT In order to determine genetic variability in some accessions of Africa eggplant, open field experiments were conducted in two separate locations, one at University of Ghana farm, Legon and the other at the Forest and Horticultural Crops Research Centre (FOHCREC), OkumaningKade simultaneously. The experimental design used was the Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with three (3) replications. The combined analysis of variance was carried out for the data gathered. The effect...

On Farm Introduction of Some Dry Season Feeding Strategies to Cattle Farmers On the Accra Plains of Ghana and The Response of Cattle to These Strategies.

ABSTRACT A baseline survey and three (3) experiments (one (1) on-farm and two (2) on-station) were conducted in a study to introduce some dry season feeding strategies to cattle farmers in the Accra Plains. The baseline survey was carried out in the Dangbe East and West Districts of the Accra Plains for two main reasons: (i) to ascertain the reasons why cattle farmers had not adopted dry season feeding strategies which had been known in Ghana for some time and, (ii) to find out the types of ...

The Economic Cost of Malaria and the Behavior of Farmers Towards Malaria Care in Amansie East And Kwaebbirem Districts of Ghana.

CHAPTER ONE IN T R O D U C T IO N 1.0 The setting The amount of money a household is willing to devote to malaria care is related to the behaviour of the household towards general malaria care. Knowledge of such behaviour is useful in designing malaria control programmes and cost sharing schemes. Although malaria is the major health problem in Africa, there is very little research on its economic impact. Factors promoting certain patterns of health care seeking behaviour such as the user cha...

The Economic Impact of Public Investments in Maize Research and Extension in Ghana, 1979-97

ABSTRACT Maize is the most important cereal in Ghana grown by some 1.74 million households and contributing 67 billion cedis or 14 million dollars to Ghana as at the 1991-92 crop season. Maize is eaten in various forms in most homes. In the late seventies, maize production declined. The Ghana Grains Development Project was established in 1979 to provide research and extension services for maize production in Ghana. Since the inception of the project, maize production has been increasing. Thes...

Assessing The Efficiency of Two Improved Lesser Known Kilns and Their Effect On the Quality and Shelf Life of Smoked Fish in Ghana

CHAPTER ONE 1.0 GENERAL INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background Fish and fisheries products serve as significant sources of food and incomes for numerous people, particularly those from developing countries (FAO, 2018). Fish is highly nutritious, containing approximately 70-84% water; 15-24% protein; 0.1-22% fat; 1-2%, minerals; 0.5% calcium; 0.25% phosphorus; and 0.1% vitamins A, D, B and C (Abraha, et al., 2018). Consumption of fish and fisheries products has been known to reduce the risks of cardiovas...

The Role Of Habituated Wildlife In Tourism Development Of Uganda A Case Study Of Uganda Wildlife Education Center

TABLE OF CONTENTSDeclaration ................................................................................................... iApproval. ..................................................................................................... iiDedication ................................................................................................. .iiiAcknowledgement. ...................................................................................... .ivTable of Content ...................

Impact of Production Inputs and Timing on Crackness of Rice in Northern Ghana

Under rain-fed conditions, perfumed rice production in Northern Ghana is associated with high paddy cracking during milling. In this study, 4 perfumed rice varieties, 6 staggered planting times, 6 staggered harvesting cycles, and staggered storage duration from harvest to six months of storage were used in a randomized complete block design to identify the best combination of factors that are associated with low cracking in rice production. )e experiment was laid out in a randomized comple...

Influence of Cowpea Lines As Green Manure on Growth and Yield of Carrots in Root-Knot Nematode Infested Soil

An experiment was conducted at the University of Education, Winneba, Mampong-Ashanti campus to determine the effect of some cowpea lines as green manure on the growth and yield of carrot in root-knot nematode infested soil.  Randomized complete block design with five treatments and four replications was used. The treatments were cowpea lines IT97K-570-18; IT97K-566-18; and IT00K-1150 as green manure, N.P.K (15, 15, 15) and control.  The results showed negative correlation between ro...

Climate Change Awareness and Coping Strategies of Cocoa Farmers in Rural Ghana

The study assessed the perception of farmers on the awareness, causes and impact of climate change on their farming activities. The study further identifies and describes the various coping strategies adopted by farmers and ways of improving upon them to effectively tackle change in climatic conditions. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, such as frequencies, and percentages. The other key technique that was employed to address the objective incl...


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