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Farmers should complete sowing of Garlic till 30th September, Agriculture Experts

Farmers are advised to complete sowing of Garlic till 30th September. Agriculture Experts said for better production farmers should use 160kg clove per acre. Garlic is planted in single clove but bulbils are also used occasionally. In hilly area, this crop is planted in March-April where in plains it is planted from August to September. The quantity of planting material required per area depends on clove size and number of cloves per bulb. A distance of 15 to 20 cm (row to row) and 8 to 10 cm (plant to plant) is recommended. Fertile, well drained and loamy soil is required for high yield. Heavy and hard soil significantly affects the bulb size and yield. Moreover, they said last week of September is suitable for obtaining higher production of garlic. Garlic responds very well to organic manure, well decomposed farm yard manure at the rate of 20-25 ton at the time of field preparation is recommended. A finely pulverized seedbed is important so that maximum number of soil particles may contact and facilitate germination process. The ploughed land must be disked well. Land should be thoroughly levelled for the efficient and economical use of irrigation water. In addition to that they said if varieties such as Garlic pink and JS 1 are cultivated then higher production can be obtained. Farmers should use DAP, Potassium Sulphate and half of Nitrogen fertilizer at the time of sowing. Remaining nitrogen should be applied during November at an interval of 15 days. Planting material should be treated with proper fungicide for obtaining higher production.

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