1 Jibrin, A. D. 2 Chukwumati John
Horticultural Technology Department, Federal College of Horticulture P.M.B. 108
Dadin- kowa, Gombe State. 2 Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture
University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Field experiment was conducted during the 2011 rainy season at the
demonstration farm of Federal College of Horticulture, Dadin-kowa, to evaluate the
influence of variety and poultry manure on the growth and yield of sesame. The treatment
consisted of two sesame varieties (Farar- ridi and E8) and four levels of poultry manure
(0, 5, 7.5 and 10t/ha) arranged in a randomized complete block design with four
replications. Results showed that variety significantly increased plant height and number
of leaves at 6, 8 and 12 weeks after sowing (WAS), 1000 seed weight and seed yield per
hectare. Variety E8 produced the highest values of these parameters. Poultry manure
levels significantly increased plant height and number of leaves at 4,8 and 12 WAS,
number of branches at 8 and 12 WAS, 1000 seed weight and seed yield per hectare.
Poultry manure at 7.5 t/ha produced the highest value in the parameters stated above.
Interaction was significant in plant height at 12 WAS and seed yield. Therefore, variety
E8 and poultry manure at 7.5t/ha gave higher value in all the parameters studied.
Further study is hereby suggested to validate the effect of variety and poultry manure on
sesame production in the study area.
Keywords: Growth, Poultry manure, Sesame, Variety, Yield.