Research Papers/Topics in Agricultural And Bioresources Engineering

Determination Of The Hydraulic Conductivity And Infiltration Capacity Of The Fedral Unversity Of Technology Owerri (Futo) Farm

ABSTRACT This thesis describes the in situ methods of the determination of both the hydraulic conductivity and infiltration capacity of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) farm soil. The inverse anger hole method was chosen to determine the hydraulic conductivity due to its simplicity and effectiveness. Cognizance was taken of the factors as presented in the project report that affect the results determined. Also the various methods of determining the two parameters were...

Effects Of Different Binders On The Physical And Combustion Properties Of Dried Leaves Briquettes

ABSTRACTBiomass Briquetting can address waste problems, reduce air pollution from direct open airburning and also reduce dependence on fossil fuels for heat generation. Dry leaves have beenshown to have high calorific values; therefore the purpose of this study is to determine the effectsof some binders on the physical and combustion properties of dried leaves briquettes. Driedleaves were mixed with binders such as clay, starch and Arabic gum separately at different ratiosof 10%, 2...

Development Of An Appropriate Biomass Briquetting Machine For Use In Rural Communities

ABSTRACTBiomass is naturally abundant in rural communities but is generally considered to be a waste inmost developing countries of the world where it is used inefficiently in its traditional form. Theeffective utilization of these materials offers many advantages among which is a renewable andsustainable energy feedstock for the production of solid fuel – briquettes - for heatingapplications. Attempts have been made in developing machines for commercial briquetting ofbiomass in develo...

Static Analysis And Design Of Laterized Concrete Cylindrical Shells For Farm Storages

ABSTRACTAs the prices of building materials in the country continue to increasesharply, there is growing need to source local materials as alternative forfarm building constructions. This project investigates the performance of acylindrical shell built of laterized concrete for storage of foodgrains or water.LIn order to optimize the mix ratio of the constituent materials that willproduce maximum strength, a mathematical model which relates the strengthof laterized concrete and its comp...

Hydrological Update Of The Watershed Resources Management Model And Gis-Based Application To The Humid Tropical Environment Of South-East Nigeria

AbstractHydrological models are useful tools for prediction and understanding of hydrologicalphenomena which underpin watershed resources utilization. A watershed model simulateshydrological processes in a more holistic manner across the entire watershed area. Mostwatershed models are fairly complex; interactions among watershed hydrological componentsare essentially nonlinear and take place on a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. TheWatershed Resources Management (WRM) model wa...

Optimization Of Tomato Water Productivity Under Deficit Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation And Mulching Systems

ABSTRACT The greatest challenge in the agriculture is to produce more food with low quantity of water. The challenge facing tomato farmers in Njoro Sub - County is the unfavourable conditions for tomato growth which includes very low rainfall during the seasonal dry periods. However, there is limited information on optimum water management practices, or deficit irrigation that would increase tomato crop yield and additionally improve the tomato quality when drip irrigation is used. The ...

Design, Construction And Performance Evaluation Of A Postharvest Heat Storage Solar Energy Crop Dryer

ABSTRACTThe present study designed, constructed and undertook the performance evaluation of a post harvest passive solarcrop dryer for drying agricultural produce. The solar crop dryer consists of a solar collector with dimensions 110 x 61x 10cm, a drying chamber measuring 102 x54cm, a movable heat storage unit with the dimensions 40 x 35 x 13cmand drying trays each having an area of 1806cm2. The performance evaluation was conducted using three cropstomatoes,pepper and okra which are locally ...

Development Of Autocalibraton Capability For Watershed Resources Management (Wrm) Model

ABSTRACTSimulation of complex hydrological responses in large watersheds over years has prompted the needfor procedures for autocalibration. The commonly available models of watershed hydrology are of theevent type applicable on a basin scale or continuous models applicable on a field scale. TheWatershed Resources Management (WRM) model is a basin-scale model for continuous simulation. Itis generally applicable in planning, forecasting and operational hydrology, to the study ofenvironmental i...

Prediction Of Sugar Yield From Sugar Cane Using Process Modeling

ABSTRACTA study was undertaken to developed a model that will be used to predict sugar and theby-products from sugar cane. The model developed from MATLAB was used to predictthe sugar, bagasse, filter cake and molasses yield from sugar cane. The predicted valuesfrom the model were compared to yield data obtained from the production of sugar canefrom the Savannah Sugar Company, Numan, Nigeria for 90 days. The analysis ofvariance (ANOVA) at p ≤ 0.01 was used to determine if there were signifi...

Patterns Of Tsetse Abundance And Trypanosome Infection Rates Among Habitats Of Surveyed Villages In Maasai Steppe Of Northern Tanzania

AbstractBackground: Changes of land cover modify the characteristics of habitat, host-vector interaction and consequentlyinfection rates of disease causing agents. In this paper, we report variations in tsetse distribution patterns,abundance and infection rates in relation to habitat types and age in the Maasai Steppe of northern Tanzania. InAfrica, Tsetse-transmitted trypanosomiasis negatively impacted human life where about 40 million people are at riskof contracting the disease with dramat...

Entrepreneurial Skills Required by Internally Displaced Persons in Quail Production For Sustainable Living in North-Central Nigeria

Abstract The study was carried out to identify the entrepreneurial skills required by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in quail production for sustainable living in North-Central Nigeria. Specifically, the study identified skills in planning, rearing and marketing of quail and its products in the area of study. To achieve these specific objectives, three research questions and three null hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The study adopted descriptive survey research desi...

Ways of Enhancing Food Production Through Organic Agriculture Among Farmers in Northern Zone of Cross River State, Nigeria

ABSTRACT This work was designed to determine the ways of enhancing food production through organic agriculture among farmers. Five research questions and five null hypotheses guided the study. A survey research design was adopted for the study.The study was carried out in northern zone of Cross River State, Nigeria. The population for the study was 230 comprising 205 registered crop farmers and 25 Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) extension agents from Ogoja Agricultural Zone res...

Effect of Moringa Oleifera Leaf Powder Additive on The Growth of Layers, Egg Production And Nutritive Value of Eggs in Agricultural Education Farms

Abstract The study was carried out to determine the effects of Moringa oleifera leaf powder additive on the growth of layers, egg production and nutritive value of eggs. Specifically, the study sought to determine among others the effects of Moringa oleifera leaf powder fortified feeds and control feed on the growth of layers, effects of different inclusion rates of Moringa oleifera leaf powder on the growth of layers, effects of Moringa oleifera leaf powder fortified feeds and control ...

Effects of Field Trip And Land Laboratory Activities on Students Achievement And Interest in Poultry Production in Senior Secondary Schools in Nsukka, Enugu State

Abstract This study was designed to determine the effects of field trip and land laboratory activities on students’ achievement and interest in poultry production in Senior Secondary Schools in Nsukka Local government Area, Enugu State. Six research questions were answered while six null hypotheses were tested at a 0.05 level of significance. The study adopted a quasi-experimental design and was carried out in Nsukka, Enugu State. The population of the study was 1,671 senior Secon...

Development of A Training Program in Cocoyam Production For Enhancing Job Opportunities For Youths in South East Nigeria

Abstract The study was carried out to develop a training programme in cocoyam production for enhancing job opportunities of youth in South Eastern Nigeria. The study adopted research and development (R & D) design. The study was carried out in the South-East states of Nigeria, namely Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states. The population of the study was 5075 made up 21 lecturers, 292 extension agents and 4510 registered cocoyam farmers all from South-East Nigeria. The sample for t...


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