Agricultural Benefits of Postharvest Banana Plants

Organic Potash-rich Banana Plant Pseudo-stem: Application in Chili Cultivation

Author(s): Dibakar Chandra Deka and Satya Ranjan Neog

Pp: 85-94 (10)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811801631121010007

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Banana plant pseudo-stem juice is rich in potassium, which is present in organic form. Its use in chili cultivation has been discussed. If banana plant pseudostem juice is used in lieu of muriate of potash, 20% more yield is achieved. As compared to potash treated soil, juice treated soil affords a higher number of chilies per plant, a higher average per capita weight of chili as well as a higher total yield per unit of land. Overall yield in juice treated soil is 16-fold higher as compared to that in normal soil and 5-fold higher as compared to that in soil treated with urea and super phosphate fertilizer but not with potash. Thus, organic potash present in banana plant pseudo-stem juice is a better replacement for commercial potash fertilizer.

Keywords: Alternative of MOP, Chili cultivation, Organic potash, Use of banana plant pseudo-stem juice.

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