Intercropping of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.)
Moench) with some Selected Crops for the Control of Podagricaspp. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Bauchi, Nigeria.
AHMED, B.I., ONU, I., HAMIDU, B.M., and OGIDI, J.A.
ABSTRACT: Field experiments were conducted at the Teaching and Research Farm of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi during the farming seasons of 1997-1999 (June-September) to investigate the effects of intercropping two varieties of okra (Indian long
white variety and Kwando short local variety) with cotton, cowpea and. groundnut in reducing the population of Podagrica spp. The experiments consisted of eight treatments arranged in a randomized complete block design and replicated three times. Results of the experiment indicated that intercropping Indian long white variety or Kwando short local variety of okra with cotton, cowpea or groundnut significantly reduced the population of Podagrica spp. on okra and at the same time increased the yield of okra. The intercropping of okra with cotton, cowpea or groundnut for protection of okra against Podagrica spp. is therefore recommended.