Early Salient Salt Fertilization Response of Coconut Initial result of

Early salient salt fertilization response of coconut

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Early Salient Salt Fertilization Response of Coconut Initial result of assessment reflected in Table 5.2 shows a clear positive yield response to salt application in some major coconut provinces of the country. Worth noting for instance, is the nut yield increase in the province of Zamboanga del Norte where benchmark data production shows an average of 58 nuts per tree per year. Nut yield increased to 84 nuts per tree per year or by 45% increase, with a 17 % increase in meat thickness and an increase of 86% in copra terms one year after salt fertilization. Overall, from the same table, 17-45% increase in nut yield, 0-18% increase in meat thickness & the 24-86% increase in copra yield will give an average value of P368.06 c increase in total income per tree per year (16.73 kg copra/tree/yr x P22/kgcopra). This indicates that salt fertilization of coconut trees can increase yield by at least 25%, even only after a year of initial application. Table 5.2. Initial Results of Salt Fertilization Yield Assessment from Some Major Coconut Regions/Provinces of the Country (at 2 kg salt/tree/year) (PCA-FSB, May 2010) Benchmark Information One Year after Salt Fertilizer Application Region/ Province No. of sample farms Ave. nut yield/ tree/ year a Ave. Fresh Meat Thickness (mm) Kg copra/ tree/ year b Ave. nut yield/ tree/ year a Percent (%) increase Ave. Fresh Meat Thickness (mm) Percent increase meat thickness Kg copra/ tree/ year b % copra increase IV-A Quezon I 12 48 11 9.6 60 25 12 9 13.3 39 VIII Leyte 20 50 11 10 70 40 12 9 15.6 56 IX Zambo Norte 24 58 12 12.9 84 45 14 17 24 86 X Lanao del Norte 12 66 11 13.2 77 17 13 18 17.1 30 19
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