Research Article

Interventions of Reclamation Technologies for Sand/silt deposited Matmora area of Lakhimpur District, Assam

Arundhati Bordoloi, Buddha Bora, Sameeron Bhattacharya, Niranjan Deka and Jogesh Goswami

  • Page No:  377 - 381
  • Published online: 03 Sep 2019
  • DOI : HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.23910/IJBSM/2019.10.4.2003

  • Abstract

An On-farm Trial was carried out in the Matmora area of Lakhimpur District, Assam, India where sand/silt deposition is causing threats to the farming community by covering the cultivable areas with huge deposition of river sand. The mighty Brahmaputra carried sand/silt along with its fresh flood and covered the green fertile land of Matmora. Participatory Rural appraisal (PRA) was done to evaluate farmers’ knowledge on the severity of problem as well as farmers response to the scientific land reclamation technologies. Only 5% of the surveyed farmers knew about the soil reclamation technologies and only 1% farmers adopted such technologies to reclaim the sand/silt deposited fields of Matmora. In order to improve the soil fertility status of the sand/silt deposited area, scientific interventions were done as On-farm Trial (OFT) with the introduction of leguminous crops like blackgram, frenchbean and a highly remunerative crop like garlic with application of huge amount of organic matter. After adopting the interventions technology for sand/silt deposited area, significantly higher average productivity of 10.75 q ha-1 of Blackgram was obtained with fertilizer application @ 50% NPK+2 t of FYM ha-1. 150.04 qha-1 French bean was obtained with fertilizer application @ 50% NPK+40t FYM ha-1 and 18.48 q ha-1 garlic was recorded with fertilizer application @50%NPK+40 t FYM ha-1 as compared to the farmers practice. Treatments comprising leguminous crop with double dose of FYM resulted higher organic C content of soil, increased available N, P and K and reduction of soil pH in sand/silt deposited area of Matmora of Assam.

Keywords :   sand/silt deposition, reclamation, OFT, organic manure, yield

  • Introduction

    The north eastern part of India mainly comprises of Assam and its neighbouring seven states receive sufficient rainfall during monsoon which results surplus water in rivers of the region. This surplus water causes devastating flood in summer causing a huge amount of loss.  Assam is one of the worst sufferers due to flood and post flood devastation. Matmora is an area in the district of Lakhimpur of Assam comprising 200 numbers of villages with 30.04% population being poor. Matmora is situated at remote corner of Lakhimpur district located about 100 km away from the district headquarter with poor means of communication. It is between the mighty river Brahmaputra and its tributary called Subansiri. Silt deposition from these two rivers makes the area fertile and suitable for cultivation of crops. During monsoon, many places of this area get inundated by the rivers and become inaccessible. But the situation has changed when the fertile land has started converting to a desert like unfertile land. The mighty Brahmaputra carried Sand/silt along with its fresh flood and covered the green fertile land of Matmora. The problem of sand/silt deposition has started in the year 1998 and maximum deposition occurred in the year 2008 which changed the topography of entire Matmora area. All total 98 no of villages covering ca 370 ha area of Matmora, Kherkota and Pub Matmora Gram Panchayat turned into desert like situation by this kind of deposition.  Matmora under Dhakuakhana sub-division is now considered as the most affected location of Assam where thousands of farm families have witnessed massive destruction caused by huge sand/silt deposition. This area is inharited by 58% Schedule Tribe (Mishing community) population. The density of population in this area is 182 persons per sq kilometer and about 93% of its 21186 household’s area being affected due to sand and silt deposition. The female and children (0-14 yrs) population affected due to flood and sand/silt deposition was estimated to be 21333 and 18764 (approx) respectively (Bora, 2010). After this destruction, youths have either migrated to Sand/silt nearby areas (60%) and outside the state (20%), leaving their farming practice or struggling in their own land with limited resource for their livelihood. It has so far incurred a loss worth around US$22.46 million (around ` 90 crore) due to flood and Sand/silt deposition and due to this irrepairable loss Matmora is now an underdeveloped backward area of Assam.

    An On Farm Trial was carried out in the Matmora area of Lakhimpur District where Sand/silt deposition is causing threats to the farming community. Participatory Rural appraisal (PRA) was done to evaluate farmers’ knowledge on the problem as well as farmers response to the land reclamation technologies. Only 5% of the surveyed farmers knew about the reclamation technologies and only 1% farmers adopted such technologies to reclaim the deposited fields. In order to improve the soil fertility status of the area, scientific interventions were done as OFT with the introduction of leguminous crops like blackgram, french bean and a highly remunerative crop like garlic with application of huge organic matter.

  • Materials and Methods

    An On-farm Trial was conducted in Matmora area of Lakhimpur district, Assam of India during the year 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 in five different villages to assess the effect of reclamation technologies for sand silt deposited areas. The experiment site was located between 27.60°-27.35° north latitude and 94.24°-94.42° east longitude. The experiment site lies in humid and subtropical zone with average rainfall is 2830 mm.

    During the initial stage of the experiment, a PRA was conducted on seventy three farmers of three different villages to study their response to reclamation process of Sand/silt deposited in agricultural fields. The PRA was also done to identify the constraints in adopting reclamation technique in such degraded area. The fertility status of the soil was accessed by taking soil sample from a depth of 0-15 cm from different location of the experiment site before initiation of the experiment. The soils selected for the experiment were deficient in organic carbon (1.12 g kg-1), available Nitrogen (112.46 kg ha-1), P (10.15 kg ha-1) and K (220.35 kg ha-1). The selected soil of the farmer’s field was sandy in texture and soil pH was 6.7. Four representative farmers were selected to carry out the On-farm Participatory Trial. The selected interventions for reclamation of deposited area were as follows: T1: Farmers practice (control), T2: 100% NPK, T3: 50% NPK+100% of FYM, T4: 100% NPK+100% FYM, T5: 50% RDF+double dose of FYM, T6: 100% FYM, T7: Double dose of FYM. These five interventions were applied in five locations in randomized completely block design (RCBD).  FYM were applied one month before sowing of the crop, so that well decomposition would take place. The experimental crops were blackgram, followed by garlic which is a very important spice of local population and followed by frenchbean. The experimental plots were divided into five sub-plots. The recommended package of practices were followed during all the years as given in Table 1.

    Soil pH was determined by using pH meter (1:2 soil water ratio) and organic carbon was determined by Walkey and Black method as outlined by Jackson (1967). For available N, the procedure involves distil­lation of soil with alkaline potassium permanganate solution and determining the ammonia liberated Available (Subbiah and Asija, 1956).Available P was determined by Olsen P method (Olsen et al., 1954). Available potassium (K) was extracted from 5 g of soil by shaking with 25 ml of neutral ammonium acetate (pH 7) solution for half an hour and the extract was filtered immediately through a dry filter paper (Whatman no.1) and then potassium concentration in the extract was determined by Flame photometer (Hanway and Heidal, 1952).

  • Results and Discussion

    It was observed that different sources of nutrients had significant influence on yield parameters of crops cultivated in sand/silt deposited area. For reclamation of the area, application of recommended dose of fertilizer along with FYM @ 2 t ha-1, 40 t ha-1 and 40 t ha-1 were very effective and significantly improve the crop yields of blackgram, garlic and french bean respectively (Table 2).

    Pooled yield data indicated that the treatment 50% NPK+FYM @ 2 t2 t ha-1 for blackgram was the best treatment for sand/silt deposited area with the highest mean yield 10.75 t ha-1. Lowest mean yield of 5.29 q ha-1 was recorded with farmers practice (T1). It was also observed from the pooled data that grain yield production of blackgram was highest (11.14 q ha-1) during the year 2012-13 at T5. This may be due to the residual effect of applied organic manure on blackgram. This result is in accordance with Sangeetha et al. (2013) that residual effect of organic manure enhanced the crop yield as compared to NPK. This result also supports the best effect of combined effect of organic matter for groundnut production demonstrated by Patra et al. (2012). Higher seed yield might be due higher growth attributes, enhanced rate of net photosynthesis and higher yield attributes. The results are in close agreement with the observation of Verma et al. (2013), Davari et al. (2012), Kumar et al. (2018); Parewa et al. (2019).

    In this present experiment, maximum yield of garlic was recorded 18.29 q ha-1 in T5 treatment (50% NPK+Double FYM) and lowest yield was obtained from farmers practice (11.39 q ha-1). Recommended dose of NPK+FYM (T4) could produce only 12.7 q ha-1 in the sand/silt deposited degraded soil, which is significantly lower than T5 and T7 treatment. Similar result was obtained by Abood et al. (2013), who reported that plant height, mean weight of bulb and number of cloves in each bulb of garlic were increased under favorable treatment of organic manure. In our On Farm Trial, highest yield of garlic (18.48 q ha-1) was obtained in the third year of T5 (50% NPK+Double FYM). However, Mohd et al. (2011) obtained maximum benefit in 50% NPK+50% FYM treatment. As our soil is highly deficient in organic matter and soil nutrients, therefore double dose of FYM is beneficial for higher crop production.

    Similarly, highest mean yield of french bean (150.04 q ha-1) were observed under the application of 50% NPK+FYM @ 40 t ha-1 which was significantly higher than the farmers practice 78.77 q ha-1 respectively. Application of double dose of FYM i.e. 40 t ha-1 (T7) also produced significantly higher mean crop yield 135.55 t ha-1 as compared to NPK, NPK+FYM, ½ NPK+FYM, FYM and farmers practice. Maximum yield of french bean (168.93 q ha-1) was recorded at the third year of experiment in T5 (double dose of FYM). This result may be due to higher nodulation in presence of sufficient organic matter as well as residual effect of organic matter in such a degraded soil. These results are in conformity with findings of Singh and Chauhan (2009) who recorded that no of frenchbean pod plant-1 and nodulation by FYM treatment was higher than NPK treatment, which also support the findings of Rameshwar (2006). This result is also in accordance with the findings of  Kumaran (2001).

    The results pertaining on application of organic manure had a significant influence on organic carbon, soil pH and soil NPK (Table 3).

    After the completion of the experiment, soil organic carbon was found highest in treatment T7 (14.35 g kg-1) which is significantly higher than rest of the treatments. Application of organic manure alone or combination with NPK reduced the soil pH significantly. Maximum reduction in soil pH was noticed on application of 50% NPK+double dose of FYM (5.54) along with maximum release of available N (207.23 kg ha-1), P (20.51 kg ha-1) and K (282.06 kg ha-1) as compared to farmers practice (pH 6.54). The improved nutrient status of soil over initial values might be attributed to the mineralization of applied FYM (Pankaj et al., 2006) and contribution of applied NPK to the soil (Thorie et al., 2013). Integrated use of chemical fertilizer and huge amount of organic manure could enhance the chemical properties of soils of sand/silt deposited area. These findings are supported by the findings of Rakeib et al. (2011) and Singh et al. (2018). The results of the experiment also supported the concept climate resilient agriculture to cope with the adverse situation in agriculture which is found similar with the findings of Dahal et al. (2019).

  • Conclusion

    Application of 50% NPK+double dose of FYM recorded the maximum crop yield in all the three crops viz., blackgram, garlic and frenchbean as compared to other treatments. Therefore 50% NPK+double dose of FYM proved the best nutrient management practice for reclamation of sand/silt deposited area not only to produce higher crop yield, but also in improving available nutrients under sand/silt deposition condition of Assam.

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Bordoloi A, Bora B, Bhattacharya S, Deka N, Goswami J. Interventions of Reclamation Technologies for Sand/silt deposited Matmora area of Lakhimpur District, Assam IJBSM [Internet]. 03Sep.2019[cited 8Feb.2022];10(1):377-381. Available from:

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