Impacts of vermicompost and biofertilizers application on saffron production in Kashmir
The results indicate that both saffron and corm recovery responded best to the application of Vermicompost in combination compared to individual treatments or treatments of NPK and control. Also against input cost of Rs. 60,000 ha-1 for most of the practices the highest total income (pooled income of saffron and corms) recorded in plots treated with vermicompost + biofertilizers was Rs. 1,885,000, followed by Rs. 1,268,000 for vermicompost alone Rs. 1,174,000, NPK Rs. 10.14 lacs and least in control i.e., 615,000. The benefit cost ratio was therefore highest for plots treated with vermicompost + biofertilizer i.e., 2.10:1 compared to 0.034:1 in the control. The study therefore recommends application of ecologically safer vermicompost and biofertilizers in conjunction for sustainable saffron cultivation and ameliorating income of farming community.
Latif, S., Rather, A.Q., Nehvi, F.A. and Zargar, M.Y. (2018). Impacts of vermicompost and biofertilizers application on saffron production in Kashmir. Acta Hortic. 1200, 59-68
Crocus sativus, Pseudomonas, Azotobacter, Azospirillium, organic fertilizers