Vol. 17 No. 3
Effect of vermicompost and farmyard manure on performance of cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis L.)
Author(s): S. ISLAM, K. DAS AND S. DATTA
Abstract: The experiment was designed as one factor randomized block design with 8 replications and 5 treatments combination of vermicompost and farmyard manure to study the performance of cauliflower. Results revealed that maximum benefit cost ratio (3.20) was obtained from combined application of vermicompost (10 t ha-1) and farmyard manure (5 t ha-1). Highest number of leaves per plant (20.19), individual curd weight (971.45 g), whole plant weight (1260.82 g), yield (26.55 t ha-1), dry matter percentage (11.09 %) and curd compactness (19.61 g cm-1) was obtained through application of vermicompost @ 20 t ha-1 followed by combined application of vermicompost (10 t ha-1) and farmyard manure (5 t ha-1). Presence of adequate amount of growth nutrients, growth promoting substances and sufficient amount of organic matter in vermicompost were responsible for beneficial effect on cauliflower. However, with respect to economical viability combined application of 10 tonnes vermicompost with 5 tonnes farmyard manure per hectare could be recommended for highest economical return.
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