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Better yield and nutritive values of Taiwan Napier grass by using Vermicompost and Compost fertilizer

 This trial was conducted to study the effects of vermicompost and compost on the quality and productivity of Napier Grass (Pennisetum purpureum cv. Taiwan). Nine forage plots (three forage plots on vermicompost treatment, three forage plots on compost and three forage plots on control treatment) were established. Applications of 5 metric tonnes per hectare vermicompost and compost were used. The grasses were cut close to the ground level (10cm) to get a uniform stand on day 75 after planting and then the cutting treatments at the interval of 42 days were carried out for 6 times. After each harvest, the rates of maintenance fertilizer used were 150 kg of nitrogen, 60 kg of phosphorus and 100 kg of potassium per hectare. Random samples of Napier  was sent to laboratory for proximate analysis. The data was analyzed using Statistical Analysis System (SAS) followed by t-Test post-hoc test. For dry matter yield, treatment of vermicompost and compost seems not significantly different (5.03 and 5.51tonnes/ha/harvest respectively) but compare to control (4.04 tonnes/ha/harvest) it shows significant difference. There was significant difference (p<0.05) for crude protein for both treatment compare to control. CP for Napier treated with vermicompost is 15.87% and compost treatment is 15.77% compare to control which is 12.26% only. As for metabolized energy, Napier treated with compost shows highest result (8.53%) compare Napier treated with vermicompost (8.29%) and control (8.19%). Based on the analysis, this study proved that the use of organic fertizer can improve significantly the yield of Taiwan Napier grass. 

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Haryani Hamazah. Better yield and nutritive values of Taiwan Napier grass by using Vermicompost and Compost fertilizer. 30th Veterinary Association of Malaysia (VAM) Congress. 19th-20th October, 2018. Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.(Abstract of e-Poster Presentation).

 

Haryani Hamazah  Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar  Corresponding author: inay_rah@yahoo.com  


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