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USE OF FISHPOND SEDIMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE–AGRICULTURE FARMING

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SDP-V1-N2-192-202

Volume

Volume 1 (2006), Issue 2

Pages

10

Page Range

192 - 202

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Abstract

An experiment was carried out in triplicate, in 1×1m2 plots using six treatments, viz. zero input control (S0N0P0K0), fertilizer control (S0NPK), sediment 60 kg without fertilizer (S60N0P0K0), sediment 60 kg with N and K (S60NP0K), sediment 120 kg without fertilizer (S120N0P0K0) and sediment 120 kg with N and K (S120NP0K) to determine the potential of tilapia pond sediment to supply P to morning glory, and the effects on the soil aggregate stability and the bulk density. The application of 60 and 120 kg sediment plot−1 corresponds to 30% and 60% of the plot soil by weight, respectively. The study confirmed that the application of tilapia pond sediment at 30% to farm soils with supplementation of N and K, i.e. the treatment S60NP0K, provided the required amount of P to morning glory and gave fresh and dry matter yields of morning glory equal to the fertilizer control plot. Furthermore, the application of 30% sediment significantly improved the soil aggregate stability and decreased the bulk density of farm soils to favorable levels. This kind of integration would ensure long-term sustainability of both aquaculture and agriculture farming

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