Agriculture

Research Papers/Topics in Agriculture

CONTRACT FARMING AND RICE QUALITY UPGRADING: ASSESSING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS’ MOTIVATION, PERFORMANCE AND CONSTRAINTS UNDER THE BUSINESS SERVICES AND FARMERS’ ORGANISATION (ESOP) IN TOGO

ABSTRACTContract farming is emerging as a promising way to upgrade domestic rice quality inTogo. The Non-Government Organisation ‘Entreprise Territoir et Développement’(ETD) has started promoting a kind of contract farming scheme called ’Entreprise deService et Organisation de Producteurs’ (ESOP) in the country. The rewards fromcontract farming could be substantial for smallholder farmers; yet there is a seriousconcern about the farmers’ ability to stay in the partnership for long ...

INFLUENCE OF DIFFERENT N SOURCES ON THE GROWTH, LEAF YIELD AND QUALITY OF MULBERRY

ABSTRACTThe influence of inorganic N sources on growth, leaf yield and quality of mulberry (Morus alba) was studied under field conditions before (Experiment 1) and after (experiment 2) pruning. The treatments consisted of three mulberry varieties (Kanva-2, S-36 and Mysore local) and three N sources (urea, Sulphate of Ammonia and NPK) and a control. The experimental design used was a split plot design. Varieties formed the main plot and N sources the sub-plot factors. The N sources had signif...

RELEVANCE OF THE TRAINING AND VISIT EXTENSION MESSAGES IN THE MULTIPLE CROPPING SYSTEM IN WA DISTRICT OF THE UPPER WEST REGION, GHANA

ABSTRACTSSub-Saharan Africa depends on agriculture for economic growth and the well beingof its people. The sub-region, and indeed the whole of Africa, has been losing arunning battle to make agricultural production meet the ever-increasing population.To make food production cope with the population growth and to achieve economicdevelopment, many extension models have been tried. Currently the pre-dominantextension system in Africa is the Training and Visit extension system.In Ghana the syste...

GENOTYPIC AND PHENOTYPIC VARIABILITY OF SEEDLING TOLERANCE TO SALINITY OF RICE GERMPLASM

ABTSRACTSoil salinity is one of the most important factors retarding rice growth and development at both vegetative and reproductive stages. This is becoming a major challenge in the production of rice in Ghana and Africa as a whole. This has necessitated the breeding of salt tolerant lines for the future, since population and hence consumption of rice is always on the increase. Thirty-two (32) rice accessions including four (4) checks were screened for salinity tolerance and also used in div...

COMPARATIVE COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF USING INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY AND CONVENTIONAL METHOD IN VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN THE LOWER MANYA KROBO DISTRICT OF GHANA

ABSTRACTA new agronomic practice known as integrated crop management (ICM) technology is a combination of best farming practices to create a favorable environment thereby discouraging the use of the conventional method of farming. The main objective of this study is to compare the costs and benefits of using the integrated crop management technology and the conventional method. Primary data was solicited from 120 vegetable farmers using well-structured questionnaires. Descriptive statistics w...

DETECTION, IDENTIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT OF SEED-BORNE FUNGAL PATHOGENS ON FARMER-SAVED SOYBEAN (Glycine max (L.) Merrill) SEEDS

ABSTRACTSoybean is afected by a wide range of diseases, many of which are seed-borne. Infection by seed-borne pathogens leads to seed rot, low seedling vigour and reduction in plant growth. Seed-borne fungal pathogens on farmer-saved seeds of soybeans were investigated by examining a total of eleven (11) seed samples from two districts (Saboba and Yendi) in the Northern region and one from CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI). Appearance quality of farmer-saved soybean see...

GROWTH, REPRODUCTION, MILK QUALITY, BLOOD PROFILE AND CARCASS CHARACTERISTICS OF PIGS FED DIETS CONTAINING GRADED LEVELS OF Moringa oleifera LEAF MEAL

ABSTRACT The study which lasted for thirteen months was undertaken to evaluate Moringa oleifera leaf meal (MOLM) as feed ingredient on the growth, reproduction, milk quality, blood indices and carcass characteristics of pigs. The specific objectives were to determine the impact of Moringa oleifera leaf meal fed at varying levels (0%, 5%, 7.5%, 10%, and 12%) on the growth rate, reproductive performance, milk quality, haematological and biochemical indices and carcass characteristics of p...

A STUDY OF THE PROFITABILITY OF MUSHROOM CULTIVATION IN THE GREATER ACCRA REGION OF GHANA

ABSTRACTThis study examines the extent to which farmers trained by the Food Research Institute have takenup mushroom farming and also determines the profitability of mushroom production. Specifically, thestudy describes trends in the levels of mushroom production since 1995, the rate of adoption anddis-adoption of mushroom farming by trainees, the profitability of mushroom cultivation and identifiesconstraints to mushroom farming from the perspective of farmers. Trend description involves ann...

ASSESSMENT OF THE POTENTIAL OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION DELIVERY ON GUINEA FOWL (NUMIDEA MELEAGRIS) PRODUCTION BY SMALL SCALE FARMERS IN THE UPPER EAST REGION OF GHANA

ABSTRACTThe guine fowl is an abundant species in almost all the traditional homes, providing meat eggs and swerving as a source of income. The guinea fowl production is however read extensively in almost all house households in the three Northern Regions. The birds are left on free range to feed themselves. A few farmers however provide some form of accommodation during the night. This study was conducted to assess the Potential of the Agricultural Extension Delivery on Guinea fowl (Numidea m...

THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF COW BLOOD MEAL AND ITS EFFECT OF GROWTH PERFORMANCE, HAEAMATOLOGY AND PLASMA ENZYMES OF HYBRID CATFISH

ABSTRACTThe nutritional potential of sun-dried cow blood meal (CBM) was investigated for its effect on growth performance, haematology and plasma enzyme activities in hybrid catfish fingerlings (Clarias gariepinus Male x Heterobranchus longifilis Female), in an assay that lasted for twelve weeks. 

THE GROWTH PERFORMANCE AND SURVIVAL CLARIAS GARIEPINUS FRY RAISED IN HOMESTEAD CONCRETE TANKS

ABSTRACTFertilizer application in earthen ponds has been used as a low cost method of sustainable aquaculture production.

RESISTANCE OF THREE NIGERIAN HARDWOODS TO DECAY CAUSED BY BROWN AND WHITE ROT BASIDIOMYCETES

ABSTRACTAssessment of resistance of untreated and n-hexane extract wood blocks of Afzelia africana, Nesogordonia papaverifera and Tectona grandis to decay caused by Fomes lignosus, Lentinus lepideus and Gloephyllum trabeum using percent weight loss was carried out.

PROCESSING, UTILIZATION AND CHALLENGES OF AFRICAN LOCUST BEAN (Parkia biglobasa, Jacque Benth) IN ARIGIDI AKOKO ONDO STATE

ABSTRACTThe study examined the processing, utilization and challenges of African Locust Bean (Parkia biglobasa) in Arigidi Akoko Ondo state.

PRESENCE OF HYDROCARBONS AND IIEAVY METALS IN SOME FISH SPECIES IN THE CROSS RIVER, NIGERIA,

ABSTRACTThe study was undertaken to determine the total hydrocarbos (THC) and heavy metal contents of fish (finfish and shellfish) in the Cross River Nigeria.

PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF CHARACTERISTICS AND INSTITUITIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF LAGOS METROPOLITAN FOREST

ABSTRACTThe aim of this study is to provide overview information for the development of a long term plan for Lagos Metropolitan Forest.


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