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Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science:Vol.6 (10), pp. 253-256, October 2018
ISSN 2354-4147

Evaluation of the Proximate Composition of two Maize Varieties Planted in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Nigeria
Article Number: DRJA52793112481

Original Research Article

Dorcas Emmanuel Shehu1, Rebecca, W. Ndana2 and E. O. Ejeikwu2

1Department of Biology, School of Science, FCT College of Education Zuba, Abuja, Nigeria.

2Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Abuja, Nigeria.

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date Received: August 28, 2018     date Accepted: September 19, 2018     date Published: September 20, 2018


Chemical analysis of maize grains planted in FCT farm land was carried out. The two maize varieties yellow (Kampam4) and White maize (Rido) were collected from the maize farmland in FCT. Grains samples collected from different farmland were tested for moisture, crude fat, protein and carbohydrate in the laboratory using the AOAC method (1999). The proximate composition results for the two maize varieties showed that the moisture content ranges from (6-15%), crude fat (2-4%), protein (16-30%), ash (2-6%) and carbohydrate (52-77%).The results also showed that there was no significant difference in the proximate composition of the two maize varieties planted in FCT. It was therefore concluded that the two maize varieties are carbohydrate based food and recommended for consumption by all age groups in various forms.

Keyword: Abuja farmland, maize varieties