Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014

  • Analysis of Productivity and Technical Efficiency of Cassava Production in Ardo-Kola and Gassol Local Government Areas of Taraba State, Nigeria

    A. A. GIREI, B. DIRE, R. M. YUGUDA, M. SALIHU

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014
    Pages: 1-5
    Received: Dec. 11, 2013
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    Published: Dec. 30, 2013
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    Abstract: This study analyzed the productivity and technical efficiency of cassava production in Ardo-Kola and Gassol Local Government Areas of Taraba State. Data were collected from 115 respondents using a structured questionnaire covering 2010/2011 farming season. Inferential statistics were employed in the analysis of data collected. Maximum likelihood es... Show More
  • Substitution of Wheat Bran by Cassava Flour in the Diet: Effect on the Growth of Chickens

    Beugré Grah Avit Maxwell, Gbogouri Grodji Albarin, Kimsé Moussa, Gnakri Dago

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014
    Pages: 6-12
    Received: Dec. 04, 2013
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    Published: Jan. 10, 2014
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    Abstract: Chicken diet cost represents up to 70 % of the production charges. Inputs, which are mostly imported products such as lysine, methionine, wheat bran are the cause of the expensive cost of foods. Wheat bran is not available in Côte d’Ivoire and could be efficiently substituted by cassava. Cassava is affordable and available all year round. The objec... Show More
  • Farmers’ Perception on Agricultural Technologies a Case of Some Improved Crop Varieties in Ghana

    Emmanuel Asiedu – Darko

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014
    Pages: 13-16
    Received: Dec. 16, 2013
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    Published: Jan. 20, 2014
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    Abstract: The survey was carried out to find out farmers perception on improved crop varieties from March to June 2012 in the Ashanti, Eastern, and Northern regions of Ghana. Adoption of farming technologies is very crucial to agricultural development. In Ghana, a greater percentage (70%) of the people is in the agricultural sector. Improvement in agricultur... Show More
  • Food and Feeding Habits of the Red-Belly Tilapia (Tilapia zillii Gervais, 1848) (Pisces: Cichlidae) in Lake Ziway, Ethiopia

    Elias Dadebo, Negesse Kebtineh, Solomon Sorsa, Kassaye Balkew

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014
    Pages: 17-23
    Received: Dec. 24, 2013
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    Published: Jan. 30, 2014
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    Abstract: Food and feeding habits of T. zillii were studied from 572 fish samples collected from April to May 2011 (dry season) and July to August 2011 (wet season) from Lake Ziway. Stomach content analysis was conducted using frequency of occurrence and volumetric methods of analyses. Macrophytes, detritus and phytoplankton were the dominant food categories... Show More
  • Growth Pattern and Yield of NERICA 1 and NERICA 4 Rice Varieties as a Function of Split Nitrogen Application at Tsukuba, East Japan

    Workneh Bekere, Hisashi Urayama, Masaaki Togashi

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014
    Pages: 24-29
    Received: Nov. 27, 2013
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    Published: Jan. 30, 2014
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    Abstract: The study was conducted with the aim of investigating the effect of split application of nitrogen on growth and yield of NERICA 1 and NERICA 4 rice varieties at Tsukuba International Center, Japan from April to September 2013 cropping season. The varieties were investigated for establishment, plant height, tiller number, SPAD value, shoot dry matte... Show More
  • A Comparative Study on Growth Performance and Survival Rate of Clarias Gariepinus Burchell, 1822 and Heterobranchus longifilis Valenciesnnes, 1840 under Water Recirculation System

    Adams Femi Yakubu, Nkemakolam Akajiaku Nwogu, Ebenezer Dayo Olaji, Olufemi Oluseun Ajiboye, James Ocheme Apochi, Temitope Esther Adams, Esther Eriromurun Obule, Mercy Eke

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014
    Pages: 30-33
    Received: Dec. 09, 2013
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    Published: Feb. 20, 2014
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    Abstract: The growth performance and survival rate of Clarias gariepinus burchell, 1822 and Heterobranchus longifilis valenciesnnes, 1840 under water recirculation system were examined. The post fingerlings of the two species were stocked at 486 fish/m3/tank and fed coppens® feed for sixteen weeks. Fish body weights were determined bi-weekly using electronic... Show More
  • Diversity of Tree Flora in Homegardens in Urban Proximity of Anuradhapura City, Sri Lanka

    Chaminda Egodawatta, Rasika Warnasooriya

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014
    Pages: 34-39
    Received: Jan. 22, 2014
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    Published: Feb. 20, 2014
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    Abstract: It was hypothesised that the land ownership with clear titles has an influence on incorporating perennial tree flora. Hence, this study compares the types and density of tree species in homegardens of inherited and settled lands in close proximity of Anuradhapura city, with subsistence farming activities. Mean harvestable tree density was 54.5 tree... Show More
  • Study of Phosphorus Adsorption and Its Relationship with Soil Properties, Analyzed with Langmuir and Freundlich Models

    Fisseha Hadgu, Heluf Gebrekidan, Kibebew Kibret, Birru Yitaferu

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014
    Pages: 40-51
    Received: Jan. 06, 2014
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    Published: Feb. 20, 2014
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    Abstract: Phosphorus (P) adsorption capacity and its relationship with some properties of five different soil types (Fluvisols, Cambisols, Vertisols, Arenosols and Nitosols) of Tigray Region, northern Ethiopia were studied during the main cropping season in 2012. Besides, fractionation of the total soil P in to Ca-P, Fe-P and Al-P was carried out and their r... Show More
  • Integrating Improved Beekeeping as Economic Incentive to Community Watershed Management: The Case of Sasiga and Sagure Districts in Oromiya Region, Ethiopia

    Tolera Kumsa Gemeda

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014
    Pages: 52-57
    Received: Jan. 15, 2014
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    Published: Feb. 28, 2014
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    Abstract: Beekeeping gives local people economic incentive for the retention of natural habitats, and is an ideal activity in watershed conservation program. A project was carried out in sagure watershed in Arsi Zone and Sasiga watershed in East Wollega Zone. The objective is to introduce improved beekeeping as the incentive for watersheds conservation. Dat... Show More