Comparative effect of conventional fertilizers and organic fertilizers in pepper production [Capsicum frutescens]
A study was carried out to evaluate the potential of organic, mineral and organomineral fertilizers on the growth and yield of pepper. The treatments were compost of rice husk and cow dung [1.5 and 2.5 t/ha], Organomineral fertilizer at 1.5 t/ha, NPK [52kgN, 45kg P2 O5, 30 kg K2O/ha] and control [no fertilizer]. The experiment was randomized complete block design with three replications. Growth parameters such as plant height, stem girth, number of leaves, branches as well as yield parameters were taken. The results [p<0.05] indicated that NPK fertilizer was significantly better among the treatments for fresh pepper fruit production. However, compost of rice husk and cow dung at 2.5 t/ha gave a better yield in dry pepper production.