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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 1)
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Effects of Kraal Manure ApplicationRates on Growth and Yield of Wild Okra (Corchorus olitorius L) in a Sub-tropical Environment

Michael T. Masarirambi, Nkululeko Sibandze, Paul K. Wahome and Tajudeen O. Oseni
Corresponding Author:  Michael T. Masarirambi 

Key words:  Kraal Manure, Leaf Area Index (LAI), organic farming, wild okra (Corchorus olitorius L), yield, ,
Vol. 4 , (1): 89-95
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2011 November, 12 2011 November, 29 2012 January, 25
Abstract:

Wild okra (Corchorus olitorius L) is an important indigenous vegetable in Swaziland. Although the crop is a popular vegetable among rural communities, not much has been done to produce organic fertilizer application recommendations for its production. The purpose of this research was to investigate the effects of kraal manure application rates on growth and yield of wild okra. Kraal manure was applied at varying rates of 20, 40 and 60 tons/ha in a Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) where 2.3.2 (22) an inorganic fertilizer was used as a control, and was applied at the rate of 150 kg/ha. For every increase in the application level of kraal manure there were significant (p<0.05) increases in all the growth parameters that were measured. There were also significant (p<0.05) differences of fresh mass and dry mass yield of wild okra. There was an increase in fresh and dry mass yield with every increase in application level of kraal manure while the least fresh and dry mass was recorded in plants provided with 2.3.2 (22). Kraal manure applied at 60 ton/ha gave the highest yield of wild okra under the conditions of this experiment.
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Michael T. Masarirambi, Nkululeko Sibandze, Paul K. Wahome and Tajudeen O. Oseni, 2012. Effects of Kraal Manure ApplicationRates on Growth and Yield of Wild Okra (Corchorus olitorius L) in a Sub-tropical Environment.  Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 4(1): 89-95.
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