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Vol. 9, Issue 3, 2019

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Growth and Yield Response of Tiger Nut (Cyperus esculentus L.) to Different Rates of NPK, Cattle Dung and Poultry Droppings in Mubi Adamawa State Nigeria

A field experiment was conducted at Teaching and Research Farm, Adamawa State University, Mubi, in the Northern Guinea Savanna of Nigeria during the 2017 growing season June to December 2017, to investigate the response of tiger nuts (Cyperus esculentus L.) to NPK, Cattle dung and Poultry droppings with the objective of selecting the best fertilizer combinations that can boost the yield of tiger nut. The treatments consisted of T1=240kgha-1 NPK, T2= 240kgha-1 Poultry droppings (PD), T3= 480kg-1 Cow dung (CD) T4=177.5kgha-1 NPK+62.5kgha-1 Poultry droppings (PD), T5=177.5kg-1 NPK +302.5kg-1 Cow dung (CD) T6=100kgha-1 NPK+ 140kgha-1 Poultry droppings (PD)+240kg-1 Cow dung (CD) T7= Control (no fertilizer treatment). The experiment was laid out in a Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD), in three (3) replicates data was collected on Plant height, Number of leaves, Days of 50% flowering, Days to 90% maturity, Number of tuber per plant, 100 tuber weight, tuber yield per plot and tuber yield kg/ha. Data collected was subjected to Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) using MINITAB computer software program, significant means were separated using Duncan Multiple Range Test (DMRT) at P ≤ 0.05. Simple Pearson correlation was also conducted to show the relationship between these observed characters to yield. The result revealed that, the soil treated with the mixture of 100kgha-1 NPK+ 140kgha-1 Poultry droppings (PD)+240kg-1 Cow dung (CD) recorded the fastest growth, yielded the highest number of leaves, produced the heaviest tuber weight, highest number of tuber per plan, tuber yield per plot and tuber yield in Kgha-1 compared with the other treatments. The findings from this research revealed that a mixture of 100kgha-1 NPK+ 140kgha-1 Poultry droppings (PD) + 240kgha-1 Cow dung is the best fertilizer combination and rate that can enhance the yield of tiger nut. Significant positive correlation between tuber yield and plant height number of leaves, hundred tuber weights, number of tuber per plant, and tuber yield per plant suggest that increase in these characters will lead to increase in tuber yield of tiger nut, hence these are important characters to be considered when planning for hybridization involving tiger nut for yield improvement. Read more
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Peer Review for 061519109

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Effect of the position of hand from bunch of Musa spp. on the expression of number of self-pollinated seeds

This study assessed the ability to yield the self-pollinated seeds of clones Honduras (HON) and Cameroon (CAM) from M. balbisiana and THA018-THA, Calcutta4 (CAL), Microcarpa (MIC), Zebrina (ZEB) and Truncata (TRU) from M. acuminata. Ten variables were measured. Anova and two-sample Student’s t and Z tests were applied. Results shown that M. acuminata differ in M. balbisiana. The latter is more vigourous and productive relatively to seeds yielding. Clones HON and CAM expressed the highest values of vegetative and seeds yielding in fruit. They might be used, not only in the conservation of genetic resources of banana in the form of seeds in laboratory, but also hybridisation programme. Nonetheless, in hybrids dedicated to trade, such ability to yield seeds must be eliminated by successives back crosses in the view to releasing edible fruit. In clone HON, the distal hand is more productive in seeds than the medium and proximal ones. In contrast, in clone THA, all the three positions yield the same number of seeds. Their uses must take into account such particularity. Read more
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Peer Review for 061019107

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Proximate Composition and Physio- Chemical Parameters of Cassava Peel Ensiled with Banana Leaves and Dried Poultry Waste

The study was carried out to determine the physio- chemical parameters, mineral composition and chemical composition of silage. Cassava peel, poultry litter and banana leaves were ensiled for 28 days in four treatments S0, S1, S2 and S3 respectively. S0-100% cassava peel, S1,70%cassava peel+30% poultry litter, S2,70% cassava peel+30% dried poultry waste, S3,40% cassava peel +40%banana leaf+20% dried poultry waste. Result for chemical composition of silage during the experiment shows that S2 has the highest value for dry matter (50.21) and S0 had the lowest value (25.10). S1 had the highest value for crude protein (23.55) and highest of crude fibre (42.70). The pH of the silage ranged from 4.0 -4.4The result for mineral composition of the silage showed that S1 had the highest Calcium (Ca) content of 330.0mg/100g while S0, S2, and S3 showed similarities in values recorded respectively (230.3mh/100g, 250.0mg/100g and 240.0mg/100g). The values for Manganese (Mn), Zinc (Zn) and Copper (Cu) were relatively low. Based on the results of the research, it could be concluded that ensiling of cassava peels, banana leaves and dried poultry waste could be adopted and best utilized as supplementation of feeds for ruminant animals. Read more
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Peer Review for 061719110

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Performance of Publicly Quoted Agricultural Ventures in Nigeria: The Case of Presco PLC and the Okomu Oil Palm Company PLC

Agribusinesses are known to be drivers of economic development in developing nations. Yet little research has been carried out to examine the historical performance (productivity and financial) of oil palm nucleus estates in Nigeria. This study examines how publicly quoted oil palm companies in Nigeria performed over the period, 2011 to 2016. Several indicators of company success (including productivity measures, financial ratios and balance sheet/income statement items) were considered. The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics (to compare the performance of the two companies). DuPont analysis was also carried out. The study found that both companies performed well in terms of financial ratios related to profitability, liquidity, market, and creditworthiness. The DuPont analysis showed that the return on equity for Presco was mainly due to higher net profit margin while that of Okomu was due to higher total asset turnover; weakness of Presco in the inability to use its assets to generate sales was made up for by higher use of debt in its capital structure. Therefore, it is recommended that Okomu and Presco PLC should work on their profit margin and debt levels respectively to boost return on equity. The Nigerian public should also invest in both companies since they are performing well. Read more
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Peer Review for 053019104

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Vol. 9, Issue 2, 2019

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