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Indian Journal of Agricultural Research, volume 50 issue 5 (october 2016) : 428-433

Appraisal of common bean farming systems under angular leaf spot disease prone environments of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania

Rose Mongi*1, Pangirayi Tongoona, Hussein Shimelis, Julia Sibiya
1<p>University of KwaZulu-Natal, College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. School of Agricultural,&nbsp;<br /> Earth and Environmental Sciences. Private Bag X01, Scottsville 3209, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.&nbsp;</p>
Cite article:- Mongi*1 Rose, Tongoona Pangirayi, Shimelis Hussein, Sibiya Julia (2016). Appraisal of common bean farming systems under angular leaf spot disease prone environments of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania . Indian Journal of Agricultural Research. 50(5): 428-433. doi: 10.18805/ijare.v50i5.3748.

Angular leaf spot caused by Pseudocercospora griseola is the most destructive disease of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L) in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania (SHT). The objectives of this study were to assess the farming system and farmers awareness in the ALS disease prone environments of the SHT.  A structured questionnaire was designed to collect information from 238 respondents sampled from Mbeya, Njombe, Iringa and Rukwa regions. Data collected included population demography, production constraints, and indicators of poverty.  The results showed that ALS widely occurred in the SHT but farmers were not aware of the disease and sources of inocula. Most of the respondents were poor with average yields of less than 500 kg ha-1. Lack of knowledge on ALS disease and the presence of favorable environmental conditions increased chances of P. griseola proliferation. Therefore, trainings on awareness and intensification of extension services is important. Breeding for durable resistance is an overriding consideration towards increasing bean productivity in the SHT.

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