Evaluation of fish pond water on the growth and yield of maize at Wilberforce Island, Amassoma

Abstract


Payebo C.O and I.A. Ogidi

The objective of this research was to investigate the effect of fish pond water on the growth and yield of maize. The research was conducted at Niger Delta University Teaching and Research Farm. The treatments were 0litres/ha, 5000litres/ha, 10000litres/ha and 15000litres/ha of concrete fish pond water and were replicated four times. The treatments were arranged in Randomized Complete Block Design. Growth parameters such as plant height were assessed at different week stages and fruit yields after harvest. Data collected were subjected to analysis of variance. Growth parameters at week four were highest in treatments with 10000litres/ha with means of 25.35cm while at week six, growth parameters were highest and least in treatments with 15000litres/ha and 0litre/ha respectively. Also, at week eight, growth parameters were least in treatment with 0litre/ha while 1000 kernels weight were highest in treatment with 5000litres with the means of 4.21kg. Fresh yield of maize kernels in t/ha was highest in treatment with 15000litres/ha with the mean of 0.22kg and significantly different from other treatments. Least fresh yield was obtained from the treatment with 0litre/ha with a mean of 0.18kg. Highest dry kernel yield in t/ha was obtained from the treatments with 10000litres/ha and 15000litres/ha while treatments with 0litre/ha and 5000litres/ha were the least respectively.

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