Water Productivity of Sweet Pepper (Capsicum Annum) Irrigated with Fish Pond Water
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- Water Productivity, Sweet Pepper, Fish Pond Water, Potential Evapotranspiration PET, Irrigation and Aquaculture Effluent
- J., Akindele Ayodeji; Olufayo, A. A.
- The aim of the work was to evaluate the water productivity of sweet pepper (Capsicum annum) irrigated with fish pond water. The experiment was conducted beside the fish pond of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology, Teaching and Research Farm, the Federal University of Technology during the off season from December 2012- April, 2013 in Akure, Nigeria. Experimental design consisted of a Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) based on three treatments; 100% Potential evapotranspiration (PET) with fish pond water (T2), 50% PET with fish pond water (T1) and 100% PET with borehole water control, (T0) and replicated three times. PET was estimated to be 6 mm/day. Pond water quality and borehole water were monitored and results subjected to statistical analysis. Water quality parameters of both fish pond water and borehole water fell within the allowable irrigation limits. Sweet pepper responded positively to fish pond water via irrigation. Highest yield of sweet pepper was obtained by applying 598 mm of aquaculture effluent which gave 8.6 kg/ha at treatment T2, 6.4 kg/ha at treatment T1 and 0.75 kg/ha at treatment T0 respectively. The result provides useful information about fish pond water via irrigation and its related challenges in the agricultural sector
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