Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Vol. 7, Special Issue 1 (2018)
Evaluation of soil fertility status and constraints under vegetable cropping at Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu
The soil fertility evaluation is perhaps the most basic decision making tool in order to impose the nutrient management strategies. The field study was carried out from July-October, 2017 at Budhanilkantha with the objective to find out the fertility status of the soil, the constraints occurring under the vegetable cropping system and to know about the demographic features of the farmers. About 30 respondents were sampled randomly and their soil was analysed in the laboratory. The soils of the Bhudanilikantha area was found from medium to high in nutrient content; whereas the nitrogen level was ranged from 0.13-0.33, phosphorus was 7.79-624.71, potassium was 85.3-1309.90, soil organic matter was 2.61-6.70 the pH of the soil was slightly acidic as 37%. 83% of the sampled soil was in loam texture. The use of chemical fertilizer was done by almost all of the farmers and also the organic manure was used by farmer. The farmer followed cultural practices that help to increase in the production of their crops. This study confirms that the fertility status of Budhanilkantha area under vegetable farming is satisfactory and is at the increasing rate despite of the constraints faced by farmers. There is still an urge to lessen the use of chemical fertilizers in the soil that cause long term constraints or farmers. The major constraints of the farmers are price fluctuation, pest and disease infestation and lack of proper market for their product. The use of organic fertilizer must be increased to enhance the soil quality and improve soil health which helps to increase the permanent fertility of the soil that will ultimately increase in the production
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Sajana Thapa. Evaluation of soil fertility status and constraints under vegetable cropping at Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2018;7(1S):2345-2347.