Impact of integrated nutrient management on yield and nutritional value of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)
Author(s): PS Subhasmita, Laishram Zurika and Sushila Arya
Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is an essential leguminous crop cultivated worldwide due to its nutritional value and economic significance. Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) is a sustainable agricultural approach that combines organic and inorganic fertilizers, crop residues, and other nutrient sources to enhance soil fertility, crop yield, and quality. This research paper aims to investigate the impact of Integrated Nutrient Management on the yield and nutritional value of chickpea, providing valuable insights for sustainable agricultural practices and food security. A field experiment was conducted over two cropping seasons, comparing the conventional nutrient management system with the integrated nutrient management approach. Results from the study demonstrated that integrated nutrient management significantly improved the yield of chickpeas compared to conventional practices. The increased yield was attributed to the judicious combination of nutrients, leading to enhanced plant growth, root development, and overall crop health. Furthermore, the nutritional analysis revealed that the chickpea grown under the integrated nutrient management system exhibited higher concentrations of essential macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and dietary fiber) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) compared to conventionally managed crops. The enhanced nutritional content signifies the potential of INM to bolster the nutritional quality of chickpeas, which can positively impact human health and dietary diversity. Additionally, the INM approach proved to be environmentally sustainable, as it reduced the dependency on chemical fertilizers and promoted the recycling of organic waste materials, contributing to soil health and fertility.
PS Subhasmita, Laishram Zurika, Sushila Arya. Impact of integrated nutrient management on yield and nutritional value of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Int J Adv Biochem Res 2023;7(2S):118-123. DOI: 10.33545/26174693.2023.v7.i2Sb.198