The Effect of P Fertlizer Rates on The Yield and Yield Components of Taro (Colocasia Esculenta (L.) Schott.) in Boloso-Sore Woreda Wolaita Zone, SNNPR, Ethiopia
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- Taro , DAP, Boloso1, Yield, Yield Components
- Buke, Taye; Gidago, Gifole
- – Research was conducted at Boloso-Sore Woreda (Sore Homba Kebele), Wolaita Zone ,for two years, during the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 cropping season to evaluate the influences of different rates of P fertilizer on yield components and yield of introduced Taro or Boloso-1 (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott.). The experiment was laid out in randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three replications. The treatments consisted of four levels of P (0, 10, 20 and 30 kg/ha). A total of 4 fertilizer rates (treatments) were used in a factorial arrangement. Duncan’s multiple range tests were employed to compare means at 5% probability levels. Parameters number of suckers per plant, plant height, number of leaves per plant, tuber size (length and diameter in centimeters), and weight of tubers per plant were considered. The analysis revealed that leaf number and tuber weight for year one and only tuber weight for year two showed non-significant difference at different levels of P fertilizer. The study showed that there were no significant differences on yield/tuber weight of taro at various level of P fertilizer in both year experiments at the same location. As result, it needs further studies at different location and years after conducting soil analysis in order to recommend the affordable and profitable P levels.
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