Growth and yield response of Telfairia occidentalis (Hook f.) as affected by different rates of poultry manure
The study was designed to investigate the effect of different rates of poultry manure on the growth and yield of fluted pumpkin (Telfairia occidentalis Hook F.) the treatment rates were; 0t/ha, 5t/ha, 10t/ha and 15t/ha poultry manure. The experimental design was a randomized complete block design replicated four times. The parameters measured were number of leaves, total leaf area (cm2), number of pod per plant, weight of pod per plant (kg) and number of seeds per pod. The result showed that 10t/ha poultry manure performed better than the others in both growth and yield parameters, followed by 15t/ha while the plants in control plots gave the least performance. It is therefore recommended that 10t/ha rate of poultry manure should be applied to fluted pumpkin for optimum growth and yield in the study area.
Keywords: Poultry manure, Telfairia, Growth and Yield