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Goat Manure as a Soil Ameliorant and Yield 'Stimulant' In Coconut

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N. A. TENNAKOON

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Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila Sri Lanka.
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Abstract

Studies were carried out on a seven-year-old dwarf x tall (CRIC 65) hybrid coconut to
evaluate the usefulness of goat manure as a source of nutrients and as a soil ameliorant.
Goat manure caused significant increase in nut yield (35.2%), copra weight (40.3%),
nuts/bunch (20.5%) and female flowers/tree (15.5%) during the third year of experimentation.
The increases for copra weight, nut weight, female flowers/bunch and number of bunches/tree
ranged from 6.1% to 10.1% but were not significant.
Goat manure also improved soil microbiological activity, organic matter content and water
holding capacity. The results showed that goat manure has much scope as an organic fertilizer
and as a soil ameliorant in coconut cultivation.
How to Cite: TENNAKOON, N.A., (2010). Goat Manure as a Soil Ameliorant and Yield 'Stimulant' In Coconut. COCOS. 8, pp.26–32. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cocos.v8i0.2120
Published on 26 Jul 2010.
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