About the Practice

For softening cotton (Gossypium herbaccum), cut aloe vera plant (Aloe barbadensis) into pieces. Collect the jelly coming out of it. Mix 300 g jelly with 10 l water, stir it well and store the mixture in earthen pot for 20 days. Filter this mixture and use it as a stock solution. Mix 200 g of this stock solution in a pump full of water, stir it and spray it on the cotton crop. The practice is found to give positive results in brinjal and pigeon pea crops successfully.

About the Innovator

Knowledge Provider / Innovator: Chhaganbhai Devsibhai Taviya
Agro-Ecological Zone: North West Zone (GJ-5)North Saurashtra (GJ-6)
Address: Mu. Kasvali, Sayla, Surendranagar
District: Surendranagar
State: Gujarat
PIN Code 363430

Practice Details

Crop: Cotton
Crop Family: Malvacea
Crop Scientific Name: (Gossypium herbaccum)
Crop Vernacular Name: Cotton
Formulation: 300 gm Aloe vera plant (Aloe barbadensis) jelly iwith 10 L water.
Ingredients: Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis), water, jaggery, spray pump

PAS 1:

"The versatile properties of Aloe vera for various purposes have been well documented. Inorganic fertilizer along with organic manure is essential for proper plant growth maintaining soil health. The research was aimed to find out the integrated effects of inorganic fertilizer (IF) and poultry manure (PM) on the growth and leaf biomass yield of A. vera and post-harvest soil fertility along with the economics of A. vera cultivation. Different combinations of IF and PM exerted significant influence on the growth, yield attributes and leaf biomass yield of A. vera. The highest fresh leaf weight (4864 g plant-1), fresh gel weight (2956 g plant-1) and dry leaf weight (420.70 g plant-1) at harvest were obtained from the plant treated with 25% IF and 75% PM whereas the tallest plant (57.14 cm) and highest number of leaves plant-1 (18.33) were identified from the pot treated with IF100PM0 . About 153% yield increase over control was noticed from IF25PM75 which was statistically identical with the yield increase of the treatment IF100PM0 . Correlation studies revealed that fresh gel weight was significantly and positively correlated with plant height, number of leaves, leaf area and fresh leaf weight. The pH, organic matter, total N, available P, exchangeable K, Ca, Mg and available S, Zn, B contents of post-harvest soil were significantly increased with the increased levels of PM." [Tanzin Chowdhury et al, Response of Aloe vera to inorganic and organic fertilization in relation to leaf biomass yield..Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 26 (No 2) 2020, 346–354.]

PAS 2:

"Natural plants extract for antimicrobial of textile finishing is a vital and potential area of current and future aspects therefore has greater market value. Cotton has long been recognized as media to support the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. Among all the natural antimicrobial agents the plant products comprise the major segment. The objective of this work was to investigate the antibacterial properties of Aloe Vera leaf gel extract on cotton, also its effects on the performance parameters of fabric. Softness properties were also imparted on the fabric as it is the inherit property of Aloe Vera leaf gel. Best antimicrobial properties were achieved by pad dry method with high concentrations as compared to coating method. The softness of pad-dry samples was prominent against coated fabric. Whiteness Index decreased less in pad-dry as compared to coated samples." [Ibrahim, Waseem&Sarwar, Zahid& S, Abid&Munir, Usman &Azeem, Abdul. (2017). Aloe Vera Leaf Gel Extract for Antibacterial and Softness Properties of Cotton. Journal of Textile Science & Engineering. 07. 10.4172/2165-8064.1000301.]

GIAN Reference: GIAN/UAL/591 - Practice ID: DTP0010000003960

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