Membership in association, gender and adoption of land-enhancing technologies among arable farmers in Ogun state, Nigeria

R. Adeyemo*, A.D. Kehinde

Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Ogun State, Nigeria

(Manuscript received 31 January 2020; accepted for publication 30 April 2020)

Abstract. This study investigated the effect of membership in farmers’ association on adoption rate of land-enhancing technologies in Ogun State, Nigeria by gender. Specifically, it describes the socio-economic characteristics of the farmers by gender, identifies land-enhancing technologies adopted by farmers in the study area, determines the adoption rates of the technologies by gender, and determines the membership in farmers’ association on the adoption and intensity of use of land-enhancing technologies by gender. Multistage sampling procedure was used to select 120 respondents for the study. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics and the Cragg’s (double-hurdle) model. The results of the descriptive statistics, which are expressed by gender, reveal that the sampled population were majorly comprised of males (58%), than females (42%). The level of association membership was 54% for females and 35.29% for males, and only 33.82% of the respondents had contact with extension agents. The results also show that 17.65% of males and 10% of females did not adopt any technology. The results from the Cragg’s double hurdle model show that extension contact significantly influenced the adoption of most of the technologies. It had a positive relationship with the adoption of all the technologies across both genders, except for organic manure whose adoption was negatively influenced. It is therefore recommended that relevant governments and stakeholders improve extension services, as well as consider farming associations as means of getting across to female famers in order to improve their adoption levels and productivity.

Effect of off-farm work on agricultural productivity: empirical evidence from northern Ghana

B.T. Anang

Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana

(Manuscript received 8 November 2018; accepted for publication 4 February 2019)

Abstract. In recent years, there has been increasing recognition of the importance of income diversification to agrarian households in developing countries. Empirical evidence of the effect of farm household income diversification on agricultural productivity remains scanty and inconclusive. An important policy question concerns the effect that farmer participation in off-farm work has on agricultural productivity. This paper answers that question by examining the factors that explain the decision of farm household heads to work off-farm and how this impacts farm productivity using a sample of 300 rice producing households in northern Ghana. Endogenous switching regression model supported by a treatment effect model was used to empirically assess the effect of off-farm work on agricultural productivity. Results show that engagement in off-farm work has a robust and positive impact on rice productivity. Farmers’ choice to work outside the farm thus contributed significantly to rice productivity of smallholders, confirming the role of income diversification in contributing to agricultural productivity of agrarian households.

Effect of improved seed technology adoption on small-scale sorghum farmers’ productivity in Kebbi State, Nigeria

M.A. Ojo1*, D.B. Saleh2, A.A.A. Coker1, A.O. Ojo1

1Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Federal University of Technology, P.M.B. 65 Minna, Niger State, Nigeria
2Government Science and Technical College, P.M.B. 1013 Zuru, Kebbi State, Nigeria

(Manuscript received 27 September 2018; accepted for publication 20 December 2019)

Abstract. The study examined the effect of improved seed technology adoption on small-scale sorghum farmers’ productivity in Kebbi State, Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique was employed in determining the sample size from the sample frame, 240 respondents were sampled using proportionate sampling technique. Data for the study were collected using structured questionnaire containing open and closed ended questions. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis. The results indicated that the sorghum farmers adopted Samsorg-5, Samsorg-14 and Samsorg-17 improved seeds with Samsorg-5 accounting for 64.6% level of adoption, thus ranking first. The multinomial logit regression model showed that the probability of adopting one or two improved sorghum varieties increased with the farmers’ educational level, sex, farm size and labour usage in the study area. The results further revealed that the average cost of Samsorg seeds was negative and statistically significant at one percent probability level across the groups which implies that the probability of adopting any of the improved sorghum varieties reduced with its cost. The results also indicated that Samsorg-5, Samsorg-14 and Samsorg-17 improved seeds positively affected farmer’s production and productivity at 5% levels of probability. This indicated that a percentage increased in the use of these improved seeds led to an increase in the production and productivity of sorghum farmers in the study area. Also, the influence of farm size and fertilizer on output and productivity were positive and statistically significant at 1% levels of probability. The results further revealed that, the topmost constraints faced were inadequate extension services and low level of formal education at 92.1% and 56.7% ranking 1st and 2nd, respectively. Therefore, the study recommended an action-oriented plan to reach the small scale farmers with adequate information on agricultural practices to promote adoption of improved seeds in order to increase their level of productivity. Agricultural policies should be directed at making inputs available at subsidized rate, on time and at the required level. Credit facilities should be made accessible at single digit interest rate to enable them efficiently utilize inputs in order to increase their productivity level.

Economic efficiency of fattening on different genotypes slow-growing and fast-growing broiler chickens

  1. Oblakova*, Y. Popova, P. Hristakieva, N. Mincheva, M. Lalev


Agricultural Institute, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

(Manuscript received 21 June 2017; accepted for publication 16 January 2018)


Abstract. In the present study six lines from the National Gene Pool (Bulgaria) were used, four of which – line NG (New Hampshire G), line E (Barred Plymouth Rock), line Ss (Sussex) and line F (NG x Red Rhode Island) as maternal forms in the crossing schedule and two sire lines, meat type – line L (White Plymouth Rock) and line M (Cornish), for production of slow-growing broilers. The effect of genotype on meat quality traits was studied with 5 groups of 150 unsexed day-old chicks from each genotype, and after the manifestation of sexual dimorphism – male and female chickens at 70 and 84 days of age. In valuation on revenues and costs of the fattening of the compared groups current prices at the time of the experiment were used. Cost of feed is determined according to the actual feed. In determining the economic efficiency of fattening, three variants of sales prices per kg of meat – 3.60 BGN/kg, 4.65 BGN/kg and 5.30 BGN/ kg have been analysed. The rate of profitability is a synthetic indicator for economic efficiency, calculated by the formula: NP = (Profitability / Production costs) * 100, %. Feed expenses for experimental group I were lowered by 22.8%, while in groups II, III, and IV- by 13.48%, 9.42% and 9.05%, respectively, compared to group V, which registered the highest consumption of feed in the amount of 5.52 BGN. The share of feed expenses in group I was 53.45% of total expenses, and in groups II, III, and IV group they were 59.88%, 56.30%, 57.50%, and 56.87%, respectively. The highest profits per the accepted sale prices were observed in group V- 10.71 BGN, 13.68 BGN and 15.52 BGN, respectively, followed by group IV with 8.56 BGN, 10.92 BGN, and 12.38 BGN, respectively.  At a level of sale prices of 3.60 BGN/kg a positive value of profitability was registered for the fattening of chickens from group V – 16.03%. In all other groups, the profitability norm was negative. At a level of sale prices of 4.65 BGN/kg, the highest profitability was observed in the chickens of group V – 48.21%, followed by group IV – 25.37%, while the lowest cost efficiency was in group III – 4.24%. In the variant with a sale price of 5.30 BGN/kg, the profitability norm was the highest in group V – 68.14%, followed by group IV – 42.13% and group II – 40.98%, while the lowest level was in group III – 18.21%.

Slaughter traits of Pharaoh Japanese quails

А. Genchev1, H. Lukanov1*, I. Penchev2


1Department of Animal Science – monogastric and other animals, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

2Department of Morphology, Physiology and Nutrition, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria


(Manuscript received 29 November 2017; accepted for publication 23 January 2018)


Abstract. Slaughter traits and possibilities for production of manually deboned meat were investigated in Japanese quails. The study was conducted at the Poultry breeding unit of the Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University – Stara Zagora. Slaughter yield and relative shares of the different cuts with bones and deboned breast and thigh meat were determined in 35-day-old Pharaoh Japanese quails. It was found out that the grill percentage (carcass without skin and giblets) was 58-64.5% of live weight. Breast with bone comprised 36.5-49.9% of grill weight, and thighs: 23.2-32.4%. From one quail, about 75.6-110 g deboned breast and thigh meat could be produced, e.g. 50-67% of grill weight. Breast meat yield was 47-72 g from one bird equal to 31.2-42.8% of grill weight. At 35 days of age, abdominal fat percentage was relatively low (0.8% of grill weight) with bird-to-bird variation of 0.12 and 2.1%. It could be concluded that Japanese quails are a promising species that could be marketed both as whole-body carcass (grill) or as manually deboned cuts (breast with bone and thighs). The ratio of deboned meat and bones plus remaining muscle tissue was 5.9 and 4.5 for breast and thighs, respectively.

Carcass traits and meat quality of different slow growing and fast growing broiler chickens

M. Oblakova1, N. Mincheva1, P. Hristakieva1, I. Ivanova1, M. Lalev1, Sv. Georgieva2

1Agricultural Institute – Stara Zagora, 6000, Bulgaria
2Department of Genetic, Breeding and Reproduction, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

(Manuscript received 3 July 2017; accepted for publication 5 October 2017)

Abstract. The experiment was conducted in the breeder farm of department Population genetics, reproduction and technologies of poultry and rabbits at the Agriculture Institute of Stara Zagora. Five lines from the National Gene Pool of Bulgaria: line Ss (Sussex), line E (Barred Plymouth Rock), line NG (New Hampshire), line F (NG x Red Rhode Island), line L (White Plymouth Rock) were used as maternal forms in the crossing schedule and line M (Cornish) as a paternal form for production of slow-growing broilers. The birds were grown to 84 days. Feeding was done with compound feeds according to the age: starter (1/14 days of age), grower (14/28 days of age), finisher (28/84 days of age). By the end of the experiment, slaughter analysis was performed with 3 female and 3 male broiler chickens per group with live weight corresponding to the average of each genotype. The live weight was determined, as well as the grill weight, the weights of cuts (breast, thighs, wings), edible offal (heart, liver, gizzard) and abdominal fat. On the basis of these data, the slaughter yield and body parts ratios were calculated. The data for the live body weights of birds at slaughtering indicated the highest values for group V – 4040g, followed by groups ІV and ІІ – 3271.67g and 3186.67g, respectively (p<0.05). There was a statistically significant difference between the sexes with superiority of male birds (p<0.001). In the other 3 groups, breast meat percentage ranged from 19.48 to 19.84%. The share of thighs from the grill was the greatest in slow-growing chickens from group II – 33.01%, followed by group І – 32.35%, group IV – 32.18%, and the lowest- in groups ІІІ and V (31.91% and 31.18%, respectively). The analysis of data exhibited a significant effect of the genotype on water content of breast meat (resp. Dry matter), with lower values in slow-growing birds from group III – 73.19% (p<0.05), whereas in the other groups it ranged between 73.44 and 73.62%. The dry matter higher percentage was associated with better lavor of meat. The analysis of the effect of genotype on meat protein content showed that protein content was the highest in the breast of slow-growing chickens from group III- 24.89% and lowest in the breast meat of conventional broilers from group V – 23.86% (p<0.05). In the other 3 groups, it ranged from 24.55 to 24.59%. The protein content of thighs was the lowest in slow-growing birds from group I- 19.49%, and the difference was the highest when compared to groups II and III, also slow-growing (p<0.05). With respect to the thigh fat content, it was the highest in slow-growing chickens from group IV (5.84%), followed by fast-growing from group V (5.33%) and the lowest- in slow-growing birds from group І – 4.12% (p<0.05). The analysis of data showed a statistically significant effect of the sex on water content (p<0.001), fat (p<0.001) and ash (p<0.01). In males, thigh meat contained water and ash and in females more fat. The interaction of genotype and sex effects were important for thigh meat fat content, with highest values in fast-growing females from group V – 5.98% and lowest in slowly growing males from group I – 3.88% (p<0.001). Weak but statistically significant interaction between both factors was found with respect to thigh protein and ash (p<0.05). The highest protein content was established in slow-growing females from group IV (19.81%), whereas thigh ash was with highest percentage in slow-growing males from group II (1.11%).

Productivity of common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) grown after various predecessors and nitrogen fertilization rates

M. Gerdzhikova*

Department of Plant Growing, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria (Manuscript received 12 December 2016; accepted for publication 20 February 2017)

Abstract. During the period 2008-2011 the influence of the predecessors wintering peas, spring peas, sunflower and common wheat and different levels of nitrogen fertilization: 0 (N0), 40 (N40), 80 (N80), 120 (N120) kg/ha after legumes and 0 (N0), 60 (N60), 120 (N120), 180 (N180) kg/ha after the other predecessors on the productivity of common wheat was studied on the experimental field of the Department of Plant Growing, Trakia University. It was found that with cultivation of common wheat without fertilization after legume predecessors higher yields by 9.4 % were obtained compared to the other predecessors. The highest yields were obtained at fertilization with the highest nitrogen rates: after legume predecessors 4069.8 kg/ha grain; after sunflower and wheat 3853.2 kg/ha of grain. The strongest influence on the productivity of common wheat had nitrogen fertilization as a factor with 79.80 %. The yield of wheat grain correlates very well with the level of nitrogen fertilization and can be determined approximately by regression equations based on the quantity of nitrogen as an independent variable.

Grain combines productivity according to various unloading methods – in the field and at the edge of the field

N. Delchev1*, K. Trendafilov2, G. Tihanov1, Y. Stoyanov1

1Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
2Department of Machine Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technologies – Yambol, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

(Manuscript received 3 July 2016; accepted for publication 23 August 2016)

Abstract. Grain tank unloading is usually done at a standstill. In some cases the combine has to leave the processed strip and to unload in a vehicle located outside the field. The publication analyses the reasons for unloading grain tanks by leaving the processed strip and the impact of this type of unloading on the combine productivity compared to unloading the grain tank in the field itself. A study has been performed in Bulgarian farms using different ways of unloading and the results of time measured for unloading grain tanks in and at the end of the field have been given when harvesting various agricultural crops. The combine productivity when unloading in the field and at the edge of the field has been compared. It has been determined that when unloading at the edge of the field the productivity is approximately 11% lower than the productivity during unloading at a standstill in the field.


Productivity and quality of open field tomato after application of bio-fertilizers

H. Botеva*

Vegetable Crops Research Institute Maritsa, 32 Bezovsko shoose, 4003 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
(Manuscript received 27 April 2016; accepted for publication 31 May 2016)

Abstract. Field experiments for the effect of bio-fertilizers: Labin, Bio One, Tecamin, Agriful, Humustim and Biohumus on productivity and fruit quality of determinant tomato, variety Trapezitsa were performed on strongly leached meadow cinnamonic soil at the experimental field of the Vegetable Crops Research Institute Maritsa during the period 2008 – 2010. The fruit number per tomato plant increased up to 38.2% towards the control (without fertilization) by using bio-fertilizers Tecamin and Agriful. Similar were the results for the mass of fruits per plant, where the increase was up to 33.3% towards the control. After mineral fertilization the total tomato yield is the highest on average for the period of study. An increase of the yield in tomato with reduced mineral fertilization is established after application of bio-fertilizers 12.1% on average from 7.8% /after fertilization with Labin/ to 18.3% /after fertilization with Tecamin/ towards the control. A positive effect by fertilization with Tecamin (38.8%) and Agriful (36.3%) is established on early production. In mineral fertilization this index is lower (23.7%). Bio-fertilizers Tecamin and Agriful have a positive effect on the content of vitamin C and dry matter.


Achievements and problems in the weed control in common wheat (Triticum Aestivum L.) and durum wheat (Triticum Durum Desf.)

G. Delchev*, M. Georgiev

Department of Plant Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Abstract. Herbicides combinations and tank mixtures of herbicides with adjuvants, fertilizers, growth regulators, fungicides, insecticides, are more effective than when applied alone on wheat crops. Their combined use often leads to high synergistic effect on yield. Many authors present data from which it is clear that durum wheat differs from common wheat in their reaction to some herbicides, herbicide combinations and herbicide tank mixtures. A serious problem in wheat is Bromus arvensis L. due to their resistance to most antigramineous herbicides. In recent years effective herbicides to fight against them have emerged, but their number is still too limited. A problem is the persistence of some herbicides used in the predecessors on succeeding crops, which is directly related to the weather conditions during their degradation. Contrary opinions are published on some issues due primarily to the different conditions under which the experiments were conducted and the biological characteristics of the tested cultivars. Most of the information on these subjects refers mainly to common wheat and only a limited amount of it is for durum wheat. A serious problem is also the volunteers of Clearfield canola (Brassica napus L.), Clearfield and Express sun sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). They have resistance to herbicides different from that of conventional canola and sunflower hybrids. A problem is also volunteers of coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) and milk thistle (Silybum marianum Gaertn.). There is yet no information in the scientific literature as to control of these volunteers.