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Evaluation of BioAg Biotechnical Nutrients in the Production of Bananas

Dr S K Barathan Roy
Centre for Strategic Studies
Kolkata, India

The trial was undertaken on two 0.2 ha sites in the Hooghly District in West Bengal, at Kumpur and Goalda. It commenced with planting at the former site on 18th March 2011 and the latter on 10th April 2011 and was completed with harvesting in November/December 2011. These were grower trials, with randomised plantings of trees treated according to standard district practice (recommended by Department of Agriculture, West Bengal) as the “control”, and two different BioAg nutrient regimes.

Products trialled

BioAgPhos (BAP) – Biologically digested reactive phosphate rock (in the BioAg Banana Blend)

Soil & Seed – A soil and seed treatment that encourages rapid germination, root development and soil microbial activity

Balance & Grow – A foliar treatment that provides growing crops pastures with the nutrients to stimulate vegetative growth and improve soil microbial activity

Fruit & Balance – A foliar treatment that provides a source of nutrients to improve yield and quality of fruits and grains.

Summary of results

The BioAg treated fields were able to be harvested 10-14 days earlier than the control.

22.5% average yield increase above the district standard practice. 

Yield results

Banana productivity in India is not uniform; crops yield as little as 15 t/ha to as much as 70t/ha. The average productivity throughout India is 32.5 t/ha. The BioAg crops yielded between 38 and 50 t/ha, depending on the site, and achieved a 22-23% increase over the controls, as shown below. 

Yield data for trial showing that BioAg crops yielded between 38 and 50 t/ha, depending on the site, and achieved a 22-23% increase over the controls

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Bananas in North India - trial report 2011

The BioAg treated fields were able to be harvested 10-14 days earlier than the control.
22.5% average yield increase above the district standard practice. 

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