Asian Journal of Research in Agriculture and Forestry <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of Research in Agriculture and Forestry</strong> <strong>(ISSN: </strong><strong>2581-7418)</strong> aims to publish high quality papers (<a href="/index.php/AJRAF/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) on all aspects of Agricultural and Forestry research. This journal facilitates the research and wishes to publish papers as long as they are technically correct, scientifically motivated. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled, OPEN peer reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.</p> SCIENCEDOMAIN international en-US Asian Journal of Research in Agriculture and Forestry 2581-7418 Growth and Development of Rare Tree Species Sterculia villosa Linn. in Districts, Meerut and Bulandshahr, U.P., India <p>The present study was carried out in Districts Meerut and Bulandshahr from May 2014 to September 2019. The mature, dried and healthy seeds of <em>Sterculia villosa</em> were collected from Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary, District Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh. A total of 100 seeds were sown in 10 pots containing mixture of soil: manure 3:1 ratio. The germination started seven days after sowing in the month of May. The total germination percentages were observed 80% within 21 days. 12 Months, old saplings were transplanting into the areas of Meerut and Bulandshahr. The results indicate that the status of germination, saplings growth and development of all stages of <em>Sterculia villosa </em>is fairly rapid. I had recorded 6 years old growth of <em>Sterculia villosa </em>249 cm. in botanical garden of C.C.S. university Meerut. It is concluded that the aim of the present study is to spread awareness towards the conservation and established of the rare beautiful tree species <em>Sterculia villosa </em>in Meerut and Bulandshahr districts. The study benefited to biodiversity and silviculture in those areas, where the species is now not found.</p> Yashwant Rai Prashant Kumar Shikha Rajput Poonam Paliwal ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-09-16 2020-09-16 1 8 10.9734/ajraf/2020/v6i430109 Awareness on Drudgery Reducing Farm Technologies for Gender Equity <p>Agriculture in India is moving away from animal driven to machine driven. Apart from tractors and power weeders which are used by farmers, there are farm tools and implements that can be used by farm women to reduce their drudgery with increased productivity. The present study made an attempt in introducing the set of 14 drudgery reducing farm tools and implements i.e. sapling transplanter, sickle/kurpi, long handle weeders, three types of harvest bags, ring cutter, finger guards, milking stand cum stool, head load manager, seed cum fertilizer bag, seed placement tube and fertilizer broad caster. A capacity building training programme was conducted to the farm women for exposure about the improved set of farm tools and implements. The implements were given to village secretary for use of this equipment by a group of 50 farm women and data were collected from them regarding the awareness about the technologies before and after the capacity building training programmes. Adoption levels were assessed after completion of a crop season. It was found that partial awareness was there about the improved equipment before training and cent per cent awareness was in the random selected group after the training programs. About 62 per cent of the sample has moderately adopted the given technologies. The study indicated for educating the farmers about the importance of drudgery reducing technologies, training them in using the farm implements and providing them to have an easy accessibility to enhance the adoption level. Custom hiring centres can be the solution to house the improved technologies suitable for farm women so that they can be used on rotation basis.</p> V. Vijaya Lakshmi J. Deepika ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-10-07 2020-10-07 9 19 10.9734/ajraf/2020/v6i430110 Utilization of Parkia biglobosa Leaves as Green Manure for the Fertilization of Maize (Zea mays L.) in Southern Nigeria <p><strong>Aim: </strong>To investigate the use of <em>Parkia</em> <em>biglobosa</em> leaves as a source of organic nutrients for maize production.</p> <p><strong>Place and Duration of Study:</strong> The field experiment was carried out at the research field of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Lagos State Field Office, Nigeria during the early planting season (March/April) of 2018.</p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>A field research was carried out to compare the growth and yield of maize when <em>Parkia</em> <em>biglobosa</em> leaves and inorganic fertilizer were used as nutrients sources. Four factorial treatments combinations of <em>Parkia</em> <em>biglobosa</em> leaves, NPK fertilizer, combined <em>Parkia</em> <em>biglobosa</em> leaves and NPK fertilizer, and a control experiment was ordered in a Randomized Complete Block Design with four replicates. The plants height, number of leaves and surface areas were recorded at 3, 6 and 9 weeks after planting while the maize yields were considered at the end of the experiment.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>The study showed that the treatment with the combination of <em>Parkia</em> <em>biglobosa</em> leaves and inorganic fertilizer produced the highest indexes of plant tallness, foliage number and surface areas. <strong>&nbsp;</strong>Maize yields of 2816.66, 2700, 2316.66 and 1566.66 kg/ha were recorded from treatments with <em>Parkia</em> <em>biglobosa</em> leaves and inorganic fertilizer combination, inorganic fertilizer, <em>Parkia</em> <em>biglobosa</em> leaves and the control experiment, respectively.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong> These results reflected that the incorporated effect of <em>Parkia</em> <em>biglobosa</em> leaves and inorganic fertilizer at the rate of 50:50 gives the best maize growth and yield index.</p> Kehinde Oladoke Olatunji Oyetola Ogunkunle Cecilia Moses ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-10-22 2020-10-22 20 28 10.9734/ajraf/2020/v6i430111