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EMERGENT LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH - Vol 5, Issue 1, Published on 30, June 2019

Pages: 67-72
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Utilization of oil palm wastes for vermicomposting

Author: M. S. Gawankar, P. M. Haldankar, H. P. Maheswarappa, N. M. Naik, B. R. Salvi, N. A. Nalage

Category: Short Communication


Recycling of organic wastes from gardens by converting them into stabilized decomposed products known as compost or organic manure is the basis for sustainable crop production systems. Compost not only supplies plant nutrients but also improves the soil physico-chemical properties and support the activities of beneficial microorganisms and soil fauna. High vegetable oil yield potential (4-6 t ha-1 of oil) of Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) has been one of the the main driving forces behind promoting this crop for cultivation under irrigated conditions by the Government of India. The yield levels of 4-6 tonnes ha-1 of oil are possible provided the crop is supplied with all the necessary inputs. With an oil yield of 4-6 tonnes which accounts for about 20 % of the fresh fruit bunches (FFB), the total biomass that is harvested in the form of FFB will be 25 tonnes or more.

Keywords: biomass, organic manure, palm, vermicompost