General Management Practices for Watermelon

Watermelon

For a successful watermelon production, a lot of care must be taken in order to achieve that. Some of the management practices which enables the proper growth and production of watermelon includes: 1) Quality Seeds The quality of the seed used for planting is the most crucial factor as the other factors are based on this. The rate of germination and production yield of your watermelon farm is largely dependent on the type and quality of the seed planted. Therefore you are always encouraged to purchase only high quality seeds…

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18 Shocking Health Benefits of Fluted pumpkin (Telfairia occidentalis) “Ugu Leaves”

Fluted pumpkin (Telfairia occidentalis) popularly known as “Ugu” is one of the commonly consumed vegetables in Nigeria, especially in the eastern part of Nigeria and without knowing its health benefits, many of us eat ugu on daily basis . Telfairia occidentalis is a tropical vine grown in West Africa as a leaf vegetable and for its edible seeds. Common names for the plant include fluted gourd, fluted pumpkin, ugu (in the Igbo language), and ikong-ubong (in the Efik and Ibibio languages). T. occidentalis is a member of the family Cucurbitaceae…

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Introduction to Fish Farming

Fish

The term fish is mostly used to describe animals with a backbone that has gills that lives in water. Many types of aquatic animals commonly referred to as fish are not fish in this strict sense; examples include shellfish, cuttlefish, starfish, crayfish and jellyfish. Fish farming is an act of rearing fish for commercial purpose. This involves building the earthen, tarpaulin or concrete pond, fertilizing the pond, stocking the fingerlings in good water and feeding the Mackerel, Tilapia or catfish till market size. While there are thousands of fish species…

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Introduction to Rabbit Rearing

Rabbit (s) are being reared for meat and they are being raised on nests or housed. Rabbits (or, colloquially, bunnies) are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorphs, found in several parts of the world. Cuniculture is the agricultural practice of breeding and raising domestic rabbits as livestock for their meat, fur, or wool. There are eight different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European rabbit (Oryctolaguscuniculus), cottontail rabbits (genus Sylvilagus; 13 species), and the Amami rabbit (Pentalagusfurnessi, an endangered species on AmamiŌshima, Japan).…

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Pig Farming Step-by-Step Beginners Guide

Regarding pig farming, Pigs are omnivore’s animal, which means that they consume both plants and animals. In the wild, they are foraging animals, primarily eating leaves, grasses, roots, fruits and flowers. In confinement pigs are fed mostly corn and soybean meal with a mixture of vitamins and minerals added to the diet. They are reared for meat and production of some snacks, the baby pigs are called piglets. Pig rearing is one of the lucrative businesses in agriculture under livestock husbandry because pigs give birth to piglet’s at large numbers.…

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Snail Farming Step-by-Step Beginners Guide

HOW TO PREVENT OTHER PREDATORS IN A SNAIL FARM

Snail is a common name for almost all members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have coiled shells in the adult stage. When the word is used in a general sense, it includes sea snails, land snails and freshwater snails. Otherwise snail-like creatures that lack a shell (or have only a very small one) are called slugs. Snails survive best in about 27ºc to 28ºc temperature with high humidity of over 80%, the soil of the snail house must be loose with good calcium high in organic matter and water…

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The Environment That Watermelon Grow Best In

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is known to be a warm-season annual plant which produces large, juicy fruits. The fruits come out in different shapes it may be round or oblong, have pink, red or yellow flesh and solid, marbled or striped skins. There are some varieties that have thin, white edible seeds in the flesh. Every farmer or intending watermelon farmer should keep in mind that for optimum growth and fruit production, watermelon requires just the right environment below: Climate Requirement of Watermelon Watermelon plants prefer the heat and need a…

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Different Breeds of Poultry Birds and Their Uses

Poultry birds is a category of domesticated birds kept by humans for the purpose of collecting their eggs, or killing for their meat or feathers. Types of Poultry Chickens Many different breeds of chickens have been developed for different purposes. For simplicity, you can place them into three general categories: Laying, meat-producing and dual-purpose breeds. Laying Breeds: These breeds are known for their egg-laying capacity. Popular laying breeds include the White Leghorn, Red Sex Link and Black Sex Link breeds. A healthy hen will lay eggs for several years. Hens…

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YAM FARMING-Complete Beginners Guide

Yam is the common name for some plant species in the genus Dioscorea that form edible tubers. They are perennial herbaceous vines cultivated for the consumption of their starchy tubers in many temperate and tropical world regions. The West African region cultivates 90% of the yam produced in the whole world and Nigeria alone produces about 68% making it the highest yam producers in the world. Available Varieties of Yam The available varieties of yams in West Africa are: – Discorea alata (Water Yam) – Discorea builfera (Aerial Yam) –…

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How to Plant Maize – Complete Guide

Maize is a warm-season annual that is best planted after the soil temperature reaches 60°F, usually two or three weeks after the last frost in spring. Corn planted in cold, wet soil is unlikely to germinate. • Corn grows best in air temperatures from 60° to 95°F. • Corn can take from 60 to 100 days to reach harvest depending upon variety and the amount of heat during the growing season. Maize is a tender annual and a member of the grass family that can grow from 4 to 12…

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