Table of Content, May 2017 | AJAR

Title Mechanisms Involved In The Control Of Reproductive Performance In West African Dwarf Goats Fed Different Protein Levels
Ambit Journal of Agricultural Research (Ajar). May Vol. 2(1)
Authors N. Wachida, P.M. Dawuda and E.O. Oyedipe
Published on 23 May 2017     Pages: 93-112     Article Id : AJAR007    
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The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effect of three protein levels on (1) some reproductive parameters of West African Dwarf (WAD) goats such as number of oestrous cycles, lengths of oestrous cycles and (2) fertility in terms of conception, abortion, kidding, twining and kids survival. Nutritional treatment groups were: high protein supplementation (28.24 %), medium protein supplementation (18.94 %) and low protein supplementation (10.3 %). Five (5) adult does aged between 1-1½ years (body weight of 9-12 kg) were assigned to each treatment group. The does grazed native grass pastures supplemented with a concentrate ration of the different protein levels  fed at 5 % of body weight in the mornings and were weighed weekly throughout the experimental period. Oestrus activities were monitored visually for 2 hours in the morning and evening for five days. Thereafter, all does were synchronized using intravaginal progesterone release device (CIDR). On removal of the device after 19 days, a fertile buck was introduced to detect heat and mate does on heat. Blood samples were collected twice a week and serum was harvested throughout the study period to determine progesterone concentration. Results of this study indicate that the three levels of protein supplementation neither affected the number of oestrous cycles nor the lengths of oestrous cycles (p > 0.05) in cyclic does. Different protein levels significantly (p < 0.05) affected kid’s survival. There were no significant differences (p > 0.05) on oestrous response, conception, abortion, kidding and twining in does fed different protein levels. In conclusion, low protein level intake affected reproductive performance of West African Dwarf does by lowering conception, twining, kidding and kid survival rate

Title Profitability Of Cassava (manihotesculenta) Production In Kebbi State
Ambit Journal of Agricultural Research (Ajar). May Vol. 2(1)
Authors Buhari, A. K., Maikasuwa, M. A., M. S. Na-allah and Tukur, H.
Published on 22 May 2017     Pages: 85-93     Article Id : AJAR006    
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This study was conducted to analyze profitability of cassava production in Kebbi State, Nigeria. Based on intensity of cassava production, One Local Government was selected from the Four Agricultural Development Zones of Kebbi State. Simple random sampling was used in selecting the villages and the farmers. Five villages were selected from each of the four Local Government Area. Inputs-output data was collected from fifty farmers each from one Local Government, making a sample size of 200 farmers. Data analysis was done using farm budgeting analysis. The result shows that the average cost of production was ?63,900/ha and average gross-margin was ?34,400/ha. This shows that cassava production is profitable in study area.