Effect of Organic Manures on Pre- and Post Harvest Physiology and Consumers' Acceptability of Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis)

  • D. R. Bhattarai Horiculture Research Division Nepal Agriculture Research Council, Khumaltar, Lalitpur
  • K. Budathoki Horiculture Research Division Nepal Agriculture Research Council, Khumaltar, Lalitpur

Abstract

An experiment was conducted at Nepal Agncultural Research Council/Morticulture Research Division, Khumaltar in 2004 to find out the effects of pre-harvest organic manures on post harvest physiology and consumers' acceptability of cauhflower. The experiment consisted of 10 treatments viz. control, compost 20 Vha, compost 20 t/ha plus 100: 80: 50 kg NPK/ha, compost 20 ton/ha + EM Bokashi 50 g/plant, compost 20 ton/ha + EM Bokashi 100 g/plant, compost 20 ton/ha + EM Bokash 150 g/plant, compost 20 todha + EM Bokash 200 g/plant; EM Bokashi 200 g/ plant, compost 20 tonha + oil cake 100 g/Plant and 100:80:50 kg NPK/ha. Post-harvest physiological study was conducted under ambient condtions (23 + 3oC and 80 + 5% RH). The least cumulative physiological weight loss (21.66%) and maximum shelf life (12 days) was ehbited by compost 20 t/ha + EM Bokash 200 g/plant. Based on overall characteristics (size, shape, colour, compactness, taste and freshness), their treatment had the hghest degree of consumers' acceptability followed by compost 20 to/ha + EM Bokashi 150 g/plant.