Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India
Title: Effect of fertigation on quality parameters in Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) cv.BSR 2
C. Krishnamoorthy He has completed Ph.D. (Horticulture) in the year 2012 and M.Sc. (Horticulture) Specialization in Spices and Plantation Crops during the year 2007-2008 in Faculty of Horticulture, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He did his B.Sc. (Horticulture) in Horticultural College and Research Institute, Periyakulam during the year 2002-2006. He has also completed a certificate courses viz., MS Office, Visual Basic 6.0, Programming in “C” in NIIT, Theni in the year 2004.He has 2 years and 3 months of working experience in the field of Research, Extension and Teaching. Previously he has worked as Project Associate in ‘International Food Policy Research Institute and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Project’ from March - October 2012 and Research Associate in e-Extension Centre, Directorate of Extension Education, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore from November 2012 - April 2014.
Turmeric being an economically important spice crop with lots of export potential and domestic demands has intensive cultivation requirements especially in terms of nutrients. A field experiment to study the influence of fertigation of N and K fertilizers on quality of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) cv. BSR 2 was carried out during June 2007 to February 2008, at the Agricultural Research Station, Bhavanisagar, Erode district. The experiment consisted of seven treatments replicated four times in a Randomized Block Design. Among the several treatments, the treatment with 100 % level of N and K application by fertigation through water soluble fertilizers (T5) were recorded higher quality contents viz., curcumin (4.4%), oleoresin (9.6%) and essential oil (3.8%).
Keywords: Fertigation, fertilizers, quality.