International Journal of Agronomy / 2019 / Article / Tab 3

Research Article

Production Practices, Postharvest Handling, and Quality of Cowpea Seed Used by Farmers in Makueni and Taita Taveta Counties in Kenya

Table 3

Percentage of farmers using various postharvest handling practices of cowpea seeds in various agroecological zones in Makueni and Taita Taveta during the 2016 long rains.

Methods of threshingLM4 (Wote)LM5 (Makindu)LM5 (Mwatate)

Physical hitting100.0100.097.9
Removal by hand0.00.02.1

Methods of drying
Sun-drying after harvesting96.097.185.7
Sun-drying before harvesting4.02.912.2

Storage place
House racks24.014.774.5
Granary76.085.323.5
Kitchen0.00.02.0

Storage containers
Nylon bags64.091.255.8
Gunny bags8.08.83.8
Plastic containers20.00.028.8
Pots4.00.07.7
Reed baskets4.00.03.8

Treatment before storage
Pirimiphos-methyl95.057.655.9
Malathion 2% + permethrin 0.3 w/w0.00.09.1
Ash0.042.429.4
Others (paraffin, oil, smoking)5.00.00.0

LM4: lower midland zone IV; LM5: lower midland zone V.

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