Evaluation of Nutritional Value of Yellow Maize (Zea mays L.) Grown under Busogo Environmental Conditions in Rwanda

Authors

  • Charles Dushimirimana University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine-School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Sylvestre Habimana University of Rwanda/CAVM
  • Saidi Mbaraka RUMANZI University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine-School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Joyeuse NYIRANSHUTI University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine-School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Keywords:

Yellow Maize, β-carotene, kernels, nutrition

Abstract

This study was conducted within two seasons (Season 2020A and 2020C) with the aim of evaluating β-carotene content of yellow maize grown under Busogo environmental conditions in Rwanda. Four yellow varieties were used in our study as test plants, and one white variety as a control.  The experiments were prepared in a Completely Randomized Block Design (CRBD) with Five treatments and Three replications. The plant management practices were undertaken as per the recommendation for good growth and development. Laboratory analysis was used to evaluate the quantity of β-carotene present in maize. The results have shown a β-carotene content in yellow maize for both seasons and the quantity differs according to the level of the maize kernels ‘yellowness. The found β-carotene varies between 0.9992 µg/g and 3.0124 µg/g.

Author Biographies

Saidi Mbaraka RUMANZI, University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine-School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Senior Lecturer at UR CAVM

Joyeuse NYIRANSHUTI, University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine-School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

MSc Student at the Crop Sciences Department

Published

06-10-2023

How to Cite

DUSHIMIRIMANA, C., Habimana, S., Mbaraka RUMANZI, S., & NYIRANSHUTI, J. (2023). Evaluation of Nutritional Value of Yellow Maize (Zea mays L.) Grown under Busogo Environmental Conditions in Rwanda . 3rd International Congress of the Turkish Journal of Agriculture - Food Science and Technology, Malatya, Türkiye, 345–347. from http://turjaf.org/index.php/TURSTEP/article/view/201