Academic Research Journal of
Agricultural Science and Research
Academic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Research
Vol. 4(4), pp. 117-123. July, 2016.
Full Length Research
Influence of Different Storage Methods on the Viability and Field Establishment of Seed Rhizome Ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) in Ethiopia
1Girma Hailemichael*, 2Mesfin Seyoum
1Tepi National Spices Research Center. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted 25 April 2016
Three to four
months time gap between harvesting and next planting of ginger that
could lead to significant loss of planting materials necessitated
devising appropriate storage method (s) of seed rhizome ginger. This
experiment was conducted for two cropping seasons (2009 and 2010) to
assess and identify suitable storage method (s) using two promising
ginger varieties (Yali and Tepi local) and five types of storage
methods. The storage treatments included: keeping seed rhizomes under
thatched roof shelter on the ground, thatched roof shelter on one meter
raised bed or structure, in ground pits covered with thin grass mulch,
buried in pits and under tree shade covered with mulch materials.
Necessary data of ginger rhizomes were recorded at different stages
(before planting, during harvest and after planting) and analyzed.
Percent shriveled of rhizomes were significantly influenced among the
varieties. Maximum shriveled (41%) rhizomes were obtained from Tepi
local. All other parameters were not significantly affected by variety.
However, the storage methods significantly influenced all the parameters
considered. Maximum seed rhizome viability 85.7 and 85.4% were recorded
from seed rhizomes kept under tree shade and from seed rhizomes kept in
pits covered with mulch materials, respectively. Whereas maximum fresh
rhizome yield 282.4 and 275.2 Q•ha-1 (quintal per hectare) were obtained
from seed rhizomes kept under tree shade covered with mulch materials
and from seed rhizomes kept under thatched roof shelter on the ground.
The results disclosed that there are more safe options to keep seed
rhizomes which could be designed and constructed easily at farmers'
How to cite this article: Hailemichael G, Seyoum M (2016). Influence of Different Storage Methods on the Viability and Field Establishment of Seed Rhizome Ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) in Ethiopia. Acad. Res. J. Agri. Sci. Res. 4(4): 117-123