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Indian Journal of Horticulture
Year : 2001, Volume : 58, Issue : 3
First page : ( 202) Last page : ( 207)
Print ISSN : 0972-8538.

Bunch management for profitable production in winter developing banana bunches

Debnath U., Suresh C.P., Hasan M.A.

Faculty of Horticulture, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal 741 252

Summary

An experiment on bunch management technology of Cavendish banana (Musa AAA) cv. Giant Governor in winter season developing bunches with different bunch covers, viz. transparent, blue, yellow, red and black polythene (0.08 mm thick), and jute bags and dried banana leaves was conducted at the Horticultural Research Station, Mondouri, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal during 1996–97 and 1997–98. Bagging bunches with transparent and blue polythene covers increased the size and weight of fingers. The use of transparent and blue polythene covers enhanced fruit yield by 20 and 16% respectively over the control (uncovered bunches). The highest harvest index obtained under tansparent polythene cover indicated the significance of bunch cover in larger partitioning of nutrients to the developing bunches. Shooting-harvest internal was also reduced by 15 days with transparent polythene cover.

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