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Impact of Rubber Leaf Vermicompost on Tea (Camellia sinensis) Yield and Earthworm Population in West Tripura (India)

DOI: 10.18805/ag.D-5234    | Article Id: D-5234 | Page : 274-281
Citation :- Impact of Rubber Leaf Vermicompost on Tea (Camellia sinensis) Yield and Earthworm Population in West Tripura (India).Agricultural Science Digest.2021.(41):274-281
Priyasankar Chaudhuri, Singh Kwrak Santua Jamatia singhkwrak@gmail.com
Address : Earthworm Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar, Agartala-799 022, West Tripura, India.
Submitted Date : 17-06-2020
Accepted Date : 13-01-2021

Abstract

Background: Vermicompost is a manure produced from organic waste through the activity of epigeic earthworms and microbes. Excessive use of chemical fertilizers for long term to increase the crop productivity have led to deterioration of soil health. Therefore, to assess the effect of vermicompost, as an alternative option to chemical fertilizer, on tea yield and earthworm population, field application of vermicompost on tea plantation was carried out for a period of two years (2015-2016) in Harishnagar Tea Estate, West Tripura, India. 
Methods: The experimental plot (25 sq. m) was set up using a random block design with 4 different rates of vermicompost viz. T0 (Control), T1 (5 t ha-1 year-1), T2 (10 t ha-1 year-1) and T3 (15 t ha-1 year-1) each having five replications. Composite soil samples were collected at the beginning and at the end of the experiment. Earthworms were also collected during the experimental period.
Conclusion: Application of vermicompost significantly influenced the tea plantation soils, increased the tea yield along with earthworm population and was dependent on the vermicompost doses applied.

Keywords

Carotenoid Earthworm Rubber leaf vermicompost Tea yield

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