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Effect of sugarcane waste on soil properties of coal fly ash affected land in cultivation of Solanum melongena

Krishna Rani1, Punjwani Jaywanti2 and Kalpana S.3

Journal Title:Journal of Chemical, Biological and physical sciences

Naya kheda is one of the coal fly ash affected land areas around Kota city due to spread of thin layer of CFA from Kota Super Thermal Power Station (KSTPS). The productivity and fertility of land is badly affected for number of local crops. A great amount of elements (C,N,P, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, Zn and Mn) get into the soil. Therefore, in view of improvement of fertility or amelioration of surface soil of the area physicochemical studies have been carried out with surface soil of the area and different composts prepared by mixing sugarcane waste (SCW) with this surface soil in different proportions. Sugarcane waste was used to add with organic part and to alter physicochemical properties of the surface soil. Pot experiments were conducted to study the effect of different proportions of sugarcane waste on soil properties in cultivation of Solanum melongena. According to the best results obtained from the pot experiments, field experiments were also carried out. A significant increase in growth, rate of growth and quality of produce was observed on cultivation of Solanum melongena in surface soil amended with 50% (v/v) sugarcane waste. In other words, sugarcane waste worked as best ameliorating material in 50% (v/v) proportion with CFA affected surface soil after conversion into compost. In amended soils an increase in the content of N, K, Ca, Mg, S, Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu and improvement in physical properties was observed.