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Restoring Soil Potassium in Banana Plantations

9.4.2021

Potassium is a major plant nutrient, and recycling it between plants and soil serves the best interest of both. Banana plants give fruits only once, and the volume of pseudo-stem generated is five to ten times of fruits. Naturally, banana farming generates a considerable quantity of biomasses and leads to severe depletion of soil potassium. This book reports how part of the depleted potassium can be restored to soil.

Banana is a significant crop in at least 135 countries globally, and more than 150 million MT banana fruits are produced every year. This much of banana production is associated with 750 to 1500 million MT of bio-waste, and this much bio-waste is equivalent to 2.2213 to 4.4427 billion MT of muriatic of potash (MOP). We are reporting to show how to use banana plant pseudo-stem instead of MOP to grow five different crops on an experimental basis. Undoubtedly, the experiments may be extended to cover many other crops. The use of pseudo-stem juice as the substitute for potash restores soil potassium and enhances crop yields minimum of 10% up to about 60%.

The book 'Agricultural Benefits of Postharvest Banana Plants' consists of eleven chapters. The chapters include an analysis of banana plant pseudo-stem juice and fibres. Details of farming procedures and crop yield analysis, along with coloured pictures, are provided, and future uses of pseudo-stem threads are also discussed. Further scope of research and development is discussed in the last chapter. A glossary of essential terminologies and abbreviations is also provided for the convenience of the readers.

The book is intended for professionals and trainees interested in utilizing postharvest banana plants for sustainable agriculture and trade. The information is also helpful for students and teachers involved in agricultural biotechnology and traditional agriculture courses.

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