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Trends in Applied Sciences Research
Year: 2020  |  Volume: 15  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 193 - 200

Evaluation of Pennisetum perpureum Grass Variety to Improve Feed Availability in South Omo

Denbela Hidosa and Sintayehu Kibiret    

Abstract: Background and Objective: The Pennisetum perpureum grass species could play an important role in providing a significant amount of high quality dry matter yield to the livestock. Therefore, this study was initiated to evaluate dry matter yield and chemical composition of 5 Pennisetum perpureum grass varieties in irrigated lowland in South Omo. Materials and Methods: The five Pennisetum perpureum grass varieties were evaluated at Dassanech and Hamer irrigated lowland in randomized complete block design with 3 replications per variety. The data on dry matter yield, plant height, tillers per plant, leaf to stem ratio and nutritional qualities were analyzed using the general linear model procedures of SAS. Results: The higher (p>0.05) dry matter yield (51.56 t ha1) was recorded for ILRI16840 variety and whereas, the lowest dry matter yield (34.06 t ha1) was for ILRI168902 variety. Moreover, significantly higher (p<0.05) Crude protein (161.70 g kg1, DM) recorded for ILRI16815 and whereas, significantly lowest (p<0.05) crude protein (126 g kg1, DM) for ILRI168902 variety. Conclusion: On basis of results it can be calculated that the pastoral communities who living in irrigated lowland areas of South Omo Zone and other areas having comparable agro-ecology could plant ILRI16840 variety followed by ILRI16815variety for higher dry matter yield and whereas, for crude protein content pastoral communities could plant ILRI16815 variety followed by ILRI16813 variety.

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