Amounts of NPK removed from soil in harvested coffee berries as guiding baseline for planning fertilizer requirements of coffee in Ghana

  • K Ofori-Frimpong
  • AA Afrifa
  • E Anim-Kwapong


Monthly samples of ripened improved robusta coffee berries from compact and large growth forms from three locations, which are representative of the main ecological zones where coffee is grown in Ghana, were taken for 3 years. The pulp and parchment and beans were analysed for N, P and K contents. The amounts of N, P and K removed from the soil in the harvested coffee berries were estimated from the concentrations of the nutrients in the pulp and parchment and beans, and the yield of coffee at each location. The mean NPK contents of the berries were 2.18, 0.08, 2.56 and 2.07, 0.08, 2.52 per cent for compact and large growth forms, respectively. The N and P concentrations in the pulp and parchment were lower than in the bean, while the K content was higher in the pulp and parchment than in the bean across the locations. The N, P and K concentrations of the coffee berries were not significantly different among the growth forms. Coffee berries from suitable and moderately suitable sites removed significantly (P<0.05) higher amounts of N and K than the berries from the marginally suitable site, while the P contents of the berries were significantly (P<0.05) lower than N and K across the locations. Regardless of the coffee growth forms, the demand for N and K may be higher than P. A fertilizer rate of 30 kg N, 1 kg P, and 33 kg K ha-1 may serve as a basis for planning fertilizer requirements of mature coffee in Ghana.

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