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INFLUENCE OF NUTRIENTS ON THE QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE TRAITS OF BANANA
economic returns from banana cv. Rasthali in response to the split application of higher
levels of nitrogen and Azospirillum. Application of Azospirillum along with 100g inorganic
N (T7) produced higher yield (19.00kg/plant) of better quality fruits with the cost benefit
ratio of 2.41 and recorded a minimum of 272 days to shoot. Similarly application of
higher level of inorganic N ie., 200 g/plant in four split doses (T6) also increased the
yield and quality of banana.
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- Economics of Cultivation Application of 200g N per plant in four installments (T6) has resulted in the maximum cost of cultivation of Rs. 54,742/ ha (Table.4)
- followed by T5 which also received the same dose of nitrogen in three installments
- (Rs.54,362/ha). The minimum cost of cultivation was recorded in the treatment T1
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- increased yield. The present study thus indicates that with the proper combination of
- inorganic fertilizers and biofertilizer Azospirillum the dual goal of saving fertilizer nitrogen input with simultaneous yield increasecan be achieved.
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