Faruque Ahmed, Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Rafia Sultana, Oli Ahmed
Quality and quantity mulberry leaf production is a great challenge in Bangladesh for sericulture farmers because of in balanced fertilizer management. Recently, farmyard manure (FYM) is an alternative, inexpensive and existing source of organic nutrient due to requiring of cow dung. The present study was conducted to determinant the impact of FYM on mulberry productivity, leaf quality, foliar diseases and soil, besides contributes of more production for sericulture farmers. Randomized completely block design with three replications and four levels of fertilizer treatments were used to evaluate the effect of FYM on soil properties, productivity and harshness of foliar diseases in mulberry plant. Genstat 12.1thedn for Windows (Lawes Agricultural Trust, UK), sigma Plot 12.5 versions and statistic-10 software were used for analyzed and representing the results. From the results, improved soil properties, maximum leaf yield with greater leaf quality and maximum reduction of foliar diseases infestation were identified for amendments of farm yard manure (FYM) in soil for mulberry cultivation. Between, two cropping years in 2nd year the leaf yield was 38.39% and 101.93% respectively greater with higher moisture, soluble carbohydrate, total chlorophyll, crude protein, mineral and total sugar as well as lower % of powdery mildew, leaf spot and tukra diseases for the mutual dose of FYM + BSRTI recommended basal dose of N300P150K100 kg/ha/year respectively. This experiment generally assessed the impact of FYM on soil quality, productivity and foliar diseases infestation in mulberry. The findings encouraging sericulture farmers utilize FYM for sustainable and productive mulberry cultivation.
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