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Soil health need of the hour: Scientists
Published on 30 Nov. 2009 12:07 AM IST
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A three day training program on Integrated Plant Nutrient Management (INM) concluded on November 27 at Sameti hall of Integrated Extension Training Centre (IETC), Medziphema. According to a press note, a team of resource persons led by Dr.A.K.Biswas, principal scientist and head of Division of Soil Chemistry and Fertility, Indian Institute of Soil Science (IISS), Bhopal, imparted training to DAO’s and SDAO’s on various aspects of soil fertility management for sustainable soil and crop productivity. It was discussed during the training that the increasing population and declining productivity of food crops had indicated looming food insecurity in days to come. Therefore, the maintenance of soil health was pressing need of the hour for increasing crop production and also retaining productivity of soil for the ‘food security’, the release added. Further, the foremost important consideration for food security was the Integrated Plant Nutrient Management, which was the only way and means to maintain the soil fertility at a higher level to enable to get higher productivity, resource persons added. Earlier, the program was inaugurated by secretary agriculture, government of Nagaland, who was the chief guest. The principal, IETC, Medziphema chaired the program and welcome address was delivered by the joint director of agriculture. The introduction and vote of thanks was delivered by the deputy director of agriculture. A short speech was delivered by Dr.A.K.Biswas. Meanwhile, in an effort to put the theory into practice the resource persons from IISS, Bhopal formulated INM modules for TRC paddy and high yielding rice varieties separately for their adoption in farmer’s fields from next Kharif seasons.

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