Manure preparation and application

Bananas can produce good yields if well fed and managed. Feeding of the bananas can be done in different ways including the use of organic manure obtained from animal waste and crop residues and also with use of inorganic fertilizers. Farmers should be able to understand the manure quality, quantity and placement required to supply effective nutrient rates in a plantation.

Supplementing inorganic fertilisers with organic inputs such as external mulch and recycling banana residues helps build soil organic matter. Fertilization is necessary to supplement the naturally occurring minerals of the soil and ensure a maximum supply of nutrients to the plants.

Examples of manure:

Manure is derived from animal and plant matter. It includes; animal wastes, peat, slurry and others. However, the commonest is farm yard manure from cattle, piggery goat etc.

Proper handling of Manure:

  • Collect manure when it is still fresh and keep it under shade, protected from direct sunshine and running water. The helps to retain the nutrients.
  • Allow the manure to decompose until it is no longer hot and its smells like ‘soil’.
  • Manure can be applied at planting, at rehabilitation of an abandoned.
  • Farmers with livestock are advised to keep the animals in an enclosure (zero grazing) to enable collection of urine and dung.
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