Coco peat also known as coco coir is a byproduct of coconut husk used as a growing medium for the growing of plants. Coco peat is the most preferable growing medium for the raising of vegetables’ seedlings in Nigeria.
Aside the using of coco peat for the raising of seedlings, coco peat can be used as a soil amendment. It is an excellent material for improving the structure of soil.
Benefits of using coco peat as a soil amendment in Nigeria
The following are the benefits of using coco peat as a soil amendment in Nigeria:
Enhanced Water Retention
Coco peat is a material that can retain a lot of water. Coco peat can retain up to 10 times it weight in water. A soil with good water retention capacity can positively impact the growth of plants and increase crop yield.
Good water retention capability of soil can also help farmers to grow crops in the dry season.
Improved Soil Structure
Coco peat is a fibrous material that can be used to improve aeration in the soil. Coco peat is one of the few materials that can be used to enhance the structure of soil. Well aerated soil can support the healthy growth of plants.
Addition of Organic Matter
Coco peat is known as an organic material. It can add organic matter to soil and improve the Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) of soil. Organic matter improves microbial activities in the soil. It also improves soil fertility.
Reduce Soil Erosion and Nutrients’ Leaching
The use of coco peat as a soil amendment can reduce soil erosion and nutrients’ leaching as the coco peat helps the soil to hold more water and nutrients.
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