Year : 2019, Volume : 1, Issue : 1
First page : (25) Last page : (32)
Print ISSN : AF. Online ISSN : AF
Organic Nutrition Management in Papaya- A Review
Krishi Vigyan Kendra- Kollam, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala
Online published on 02 Feb, 2019.
Papaya as afruit has gained popularity in the rcent past due to its nutraceutical properties. Considering its
health benefits, it is essentially important to cultivate papaya organically in order to add quality. Due to the
increasing popularity of the crop, progressive farmers have started its commercial cultivation. Reluctance in
giving proper care and scientific management has resulted in decrease in fruit size, quality and yield. Adoption of suitable organic nutrient management measures and care to the plant will lead to an increase in fruit yield and quality. Papaya is a heavy feeder and it demands nutrients continuously in large amounts. Use of large quantity of chemical fertilizers is not feasible as it results in progressive rise in nutrient deficiencies, nutrient imbalance, deteriorating soil health and productivity over time, hence, organic farming is the best known alternative. A number of studies conducted on organic farming indicated that quality of agriculture produce is better than inorganically grown produce. In addition, there has emerged niche markets for organically produced fruits especially in urban areas where consumers are ready to pay premium price. Studies also indicated that use of organic fertilizers and bio inoculants has increased the growth and yield of papaya plants. Keeping this in view, an attempt had been made to review the works done on organic nutrient management in papaya.
Papaya, organic manures, growth, yield, quality,