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ISRN Agronomy
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 436064, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/436064
Research Article

On-Farm Evaluation of Beans Varieties for Adaptation and Adoption in Kigoma Region in Tanzania

1University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville 3209, South Africa
2Tumbi Agricultural Research and Development Institute, P.O. Box 306, Tabora, Tanzania
3Selian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, P.O. Box 6024, Arusha, Tanzania

Received 4 March 2013; Accepted 17 April 2013

Academic Editors: A. Berville, G. M. Dal Bello, and M. Ruiz

Copyright © 2013 Tulole Lugendo Bucheyeki and Tuaeli Emil Mmbaga. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

On-farm beans research was carried out in Kigoma region, Tanzania. Objectives were to evaluate beans varieties for yield under farmers’ management conditions and to assess farmers’ preferences on beans varieties. Nine farmers from three villages with three farmers per village participated in beans trials. A randomized complete block design with five plots per replications was used to evaluate five bean varieties: Lyamungo 90, Jesca, Uyole 94, Kablanketi, and Kigoma yellow (control). Beans were planted on a 10 m × 2.5 m plot at a spacing of 50 cm × 20 cm. Data was subjected to analysis using ANOVA table in GenStat statistical computer software. Three villages × three seasons resulted in nine environments which were used for stability analysis. Farmers developed their criterion to assess the performance and acceptability of beans varieties. Lyamungo 90 and Jesca ranked high and outyielded other varieties with an average yield of 1430.00 and 1325.67 kg ha−1, respectively. Genotypes sum of squares accounted for the most of the variability (89.12%). Introduction of high yielding bean varieties with the desired farmers’ traits is expected to revamp beans production and contribute to the improved food security in Tanzania.