Madiha Nisar1*, Muhammad Nasir1, Shahid Saleem1, Muhammad Umar Iqbal2 and Tabinda Athar3
1Rural Education and Economic Development Society, Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan
2Better Cotton Initiative, Lahore, Pakistan
3Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Madiha Nisar, Rural Education and Development Society (REEDS), Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan.
Received: December 22, 2020; Published: January 22, 2021
Moringa oleifera leaf extract (MLE) is rich in nutrients having ascorbate, amino acids, minerals, zeatin, antioxidants, vitamins, iron, calcium, potassium, and numerous other compounds that have the potential of growth enhancement. An experiment was conducted in Rahim Yar Khan in 2019 during the cotton cropping season to study the effects of MLE on cotton crop. The growing site was properly prepared by using appropriate cultivation practices. A recommended dose of chemical fertilizers NPK 150:50:50 was applied with an interval of 15 days. Moringa leaf extract was made by using 3 kg healthy moringa leaves and was sprayed on the crop in 3 replications and 3 treatments i.e., MLE + NPK (T1), NPK (T2) and Control (T3) where no MLE and NPK was applied. The experiment was conducted by following Randomized Complete Block Design and separate blocks were used for each treatment. The data was collected before each application of (MLE) and maximum yield was observed in the treatment having MLE extract and NPK. The results showed that application of MLE significantly increased the yield of cotton and therefore, it can be used as an organic fertilizer for maximizing cotton yield.
Keywords: Moringa Leaves Extract (MLE); Cotton; Growth Promoters; Foliar Application, Growth, Yield
Citation: : Madiha Nisar., et al. “Effect of Foliar Application of Moringa Leaf Extract (MLE) on Growth and Yield of Gossypium hirsutum". Acta Scientific Agriculture 5.2 (2021): 33-36.
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