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Bio Fertilizer on Rachis: A New Method Facilitates Higher Banana (Musa sapientum) Production

Version 1 : Received: 3 April 2019 / Approved: 11 April 2019 / Online: 11 April 2019 (05:41:39 CEST)

How to cite: Khayer, A.; Eti, F.S.; Istiaq, A.; Hasan, M.M. Bio Fertilizer on Rachis: A New Method Facilitates Higher Banana (Musa sapientum) Production. Preprints 2019, 2019040132 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201904.0132.v1). Khayer, A.; Eti, F.S.; Istiaq, A.; Hasan, M.M. Bio Fertilizer on Rachis: A New Method Facilitates Higher Banana (Musa sapientum) Production. Preprints 2019, 2019040132 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201904.0132.v1).

Abstract

Background and Objectives: Due to huge demand and availability of Banana, innovative cost effective method is necessary to promote and smoothen the banana production among farmers commercially mitigating the demand. Method and Materials: In this study, we feed cow dung mixture along with Urea, TSP, MoP, water to the distal part of rachis after cutting down male bud as soon as the female flowers matured into fruits (T1). The effect of this method was then compared with two control groups; one with the same strategy except fertilizer applied on root following ring method (C1, Positive control) and another was male flower untouched without applying fertilizer on rachis or root (C2, Negative control). Results and Conclusion: T1 showed more than double increase in length than controls. In the same way, in case of shape (diameter), T1 (0.46 cm) showed twice as better growth in the C1 (0.22 cm) and C2 (0.18 cm). Trend analysis showed the test group T1 curve is much steeper than the control groups suggesting faster growth rate than the other two. Finally, the cost of fertilizers for T1 per plant was estimated 0.091 USD while for positive control C1 it was 2.9 USD. This study shows an approach to be effective and economic comparing to traditional method of fertilizer application, which can be adapted as a new method of banana production.

Subject Areas

rachis; traditional; post shooting approach; economic production; demand

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