Evaluation Of Maize (Zea Mays L.) And Okra (Abelmoschus Esculentus (L.) Moench) Intercropping System At Samaru, Zaria

Author's Name: Hamma I. L., Yusuf, S. M. & Idris, U. D.
Subject Area: Life Sciences
Subject Agricultural
Section Research Paper


Intercropping, efficient utilization of light and other resources, reduce soil erosion, suppress weed growth.


Field experiments were conducted during the 2013 and 2014 cropping seasons at the Teaching and Research Farm of Samaru College of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, to evaluate the performance of maize-okra intercropping system as affected by varying planting ratio. The experiment consisted of seven planting ratio which include; sole maize, sole okra, 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, 2:1 and 3:1. The seven treatments were replicated three times in a randomized complete block design (RCBD). Results obtained showed that sole maize or okra significantly produced lower yields compared to intercrops. The highest intercrop growth and yield of maize/okra for the two cropping seasons was obtained from 3:1 ratio, but were not significantly different from the rest of the intercrops.

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