Volume No. 9 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 1123-1132 April June 2015




Desai Khushali*, Deshpande Ajinkya, Jadeja Jalpa, Patel Drashti and Patel Dhruvi

Department of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara (INDIA)


Received on : January 20, 2015




In central and North Gujarat, particularly Panchmahal, Dahod, Sabarkantha and Banaskantha districts animal husbandry is a major economic base for the farmer community. Fodder winter maize is used as feedstock for the cattle. Therefore, winter fodder maize is grown as a major agricultural crop in these areas. In order to provide better feedstock for the cattle, growing good quality fodder winter maize crop is essential. The study aims at improving the quality of this crop through the minimum use of inorganic (chemical) fertilizers and maximising the use of organic and biofertilizers. Inorganic fertilizers display ill-effects on the environment such as reducing the soil quality and fertility, leaching out and polluting water basins, destroying microorganisms and friendly insects, making the crop susceptible to the attack of diseases and also reducing the nutritional quality of the crop, thus causing irreparable damage. The study is a comparative analysis of the effects of inorganic, organic and biofertilizers on the growth and quality of the crop. The experiment was carried out by growing the fodder winter maize in different pots having specific quantitative ratio of inorganic, organic and biofertilizers. Each of the pots were analysed with respect to the growth parameters of the crop and quality of the soil.


Keywords : Fertilizer, Agriculture, Biofertilizers, Soil quality, Spot cultivation