BARI (Bangladesh); Virginia Tech, Ohio State (US)
M. A. Rahman, Iqbal Faruk, M. A. Kader (BARI), H. S. Jasmine, A. N. M. R. Karim (IPM CRSP/Virginia Tech), S. Miller (Ohio State)
Organic soil amendments with poultry refuse, mustard-oil cake, or others have been found effective to control or suppress the attacks of major disease pathogens and produce healthy vegetable crops without the use of pesticides. This project sought to establish organic soil amendment practices for the management of soil-borne pathogens in vegetable crops.
To establish organic soil amendment practices for the management of soil-borne pathogens in vegetable crops, and to demonstrate the usefulness of the practice to the farmers for producing healthier and profitable vegetable crops.
The soil amendment practices were highly effective for the control of soil-borne diseases in tomato and eggplant, causing better plant growth, producing higher yields and giving higher economic returns. The organic soil amendment treatments comprising the use of poultry refuse and mustard oil-cake produced better results consistently. These materials are easily available at affordable costs and some farmers have already adopted this practice in their vegetable fields. It is now amply demonstrated that healthy, pesticide-free and better vegetables can be grown by using poultry refuse and mustard oil-cake.