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Fodder and tuber yields of improved sweet potato cultivars for crop-livestock farmers in the Northern Guinea Savanna of Nigeria

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Muhammad, IR and Larbi, A and Tanko, RJ and Malau-Aduli, AEO (2001) Fodder and tuber yields of improved sweet potato cultivars for crop-livestock farmers in the Northern Guinea Savanna of Nigeria. In: Proceedings of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production: Strategies for Poverty Alleviation: Animal Production Option. Proceedings of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production, 26 (26). Nigerian Society for Animal Production, National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, pp. 294-296. ISBN 0331-2064

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to identify sweet potato cultivars with both high fodder production for livestock and tuber for human consumption for integration into the crop-livestock farming systems. Trials were conducted at the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI) 11º 12’N and 7º 33’E, at an altitude of 610m above sea level, Central Nigeria during the 1999 rainy season. Three sweet potato cultivars ((TIS-2532.OP.1.13 (OP-13); TIS-8164 (*164); and TIS-87/0087 (87)) and a local check were laid in a randomised complete block design experiment and replicated 3 times. Samplings were done to monitor vegetative cover at weeks 12, 16 and 20. Mean score was 96%. Vegetative cover increased progressively up to weeks 12-14 post-planting and declined thereafter in all the cultivars. When forage yield was considered in conjunction with tuber yield for dual-purpose potential, cultivar TIS 8164 out-yielded all the other cultivars evaluated, hence its recommendation for integration into crop-livestock production systems.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Nigerian Society for Animal Production
Page Range: pp. 294-296
Additional Information: Copyright © 2001 Nigerian Society for Animal Production
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2009 05:03
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:01
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8811
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