Application of Response Surface Methodology for Optimization of Potato Tuber Yield
American Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics
Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2015, Pages: 300-304
Received: Jun. 24, 2015; Accepted: Jul. 2, 2015; Published: Jul. 14, 2015
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Dennis Kariuki Muriithi, Faculty of Business Studies, Chuka University, Chuka, Kenya
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Abstract
The Author investigates the operating conditions required for optimal production of potato tuber yield in Kenya. This will help potato farmers to safe extra cost of input in potato farming. The potato production process was optimized by the application of factorial design 23 and response surface methodology. The combined effects of water, Nitrogen and Phosphorus mineral nutrients were investigated and optimized using response surface methodology. It was found that the optimum production conditions for the potato tuber yield were 70.04% irrigation water, 124.75Kg/Ha of Nitrogen supplied as urea and 191.04Kg/Ha phosphorus supplied as triple super phosphate. At the optimum condition one can reach to a potato tuber yield of 19.36Kg/plot of 1.8meters by 2.25 meters. Increased productivity of potatoes can improve the livelihood of smallholder potato farmers in Kenya and safe the farmers extra cost of input. Finally, i hope that the approach applied in this study of potatoes can be useful for research on other commodities, leading to a better understanding of overall crop production.
Keywords
Response Surface Methodology, Potato, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Factorial Design, Experiment, Optimization, Yield
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Dennis Kariuki Muriithi, Application of Response Surface Methodology for Optimization of Potato Tuber Yield, American Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2015, pp. 300-304. doi: 10.11648/j.ajtas.20150404.20
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