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Abstract            Volume:12  Issue-2  Year-2024         Original Research Articles

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Characterization of Parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorus L.) Compost for Major Plant Nutrient Contents at Ginner District of Bale Zone, Oromia Region, Southeastern Ethiopia
Tesfaye Ketema*, Mulugeta Eshetu, Girma Getachew and Regassa Gosa
Sinana Agricultural Research Center, Soil Fertility Improvement, Soil and Water Conservation and Watershed Management Team, P. O. Box 208, Bale-Robe, Ethiopia
*Corresponding author

This Experiment was conducted at Ginnir District of Bale Zone, Oromia Region, Southeastern, Ethiopia. Therefore this research were conducted with the objective to characterize the quality and nutrient contents of compost prepared from parthenium combination with wheat residue and farmyard manure in terms of major plant nutrient. In order to achieve the specified objective The Parthenium plants were collected before flowering stage and chopped into smaller pieces it can be concluded that compost preparation, sources of material used has significant role particularly different material and methods were adopted during this studied. Consequently, compost of parthenium were prepared independently in three categories or treatments viz,, Parthenium biomass pluss farm yard manure, Parthenium biomass plus crop residue and Parthenium biomass combination with both farm yard manure and crop residue were used. The major chemical properties such as pH, EC, OC, TN, available P, CEC, exchangeable bases (Ca, Mg, K and Na) and micronutrients (Fe, Mn, Cu and Zn) were conducted using standard laboratory procedures. Results for nutrient content characterizations indicated that 7.1 to7.27; 0.000058 to 0.000062 ds/m ; 35.2 to37.8%;1.83% to1.98% and 34.8 to 53.2 cmol+/kg for pH; Ec; OM; TN; and CEC; respectively were obtained. Exchangeable bases also follows similar trend for major essential plant nutrients. The final laboratory analysis of the prepared and harvested Parthenium compost show that the compost had high in plant nutrients and also significantly varied among the three Parthenium compost preparation procedures. Accordingly, Parthenium compost have mulit purpose advantage high nutrient contents, means of weed control and generally uses of organic fertilizers are environmental sound full.

Keywords: nutrients, Parthenium, Parthenium hysterophorus L., Parthenium compost.
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Tesfaye Ketema, Mulugeta Eshetu, Girma Getachew and Regassa Gosa. 2024. Characterization of Parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorus L.) Compost for Major Plant Nutrient Contents at Ginner District of Bale Zone, Oromia Region, Southeastern Ethiopia.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 12(2): 17-23
doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2024.1202.002
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