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Soil in NE India acidic; organic farming not enough for country
Published on 11 May. 2011 12:50 AM IST
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Training of trainers on ‘reclamation of acidic soil’ was organized by the department of Soil & Water conservation at the conference hall on May 10.
This programme is being conducted to implement a pilot project all over the state in the current year. At the training the resource persons dwelt on soil acidification, characteristics and amelioration of acid soil; management of major and micronutrient element in acid soil; mineral disorder in plants and micronutrient deficiency and toxicity symptoms.
The resource persons were Dr. Kabindra Borkakati, Prof. department of soil science and Dr. Reena Phookan Borkakati, Professor, department of plant breeding and genetics, Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat.
Resource persons opined that soil in North East India was acidic owing to hot humid climate and heavy rain fall thus liming is required for better yield. It also suggested that organic cultivation alone cannot meet the food security of the country.
Acidic soil also discourages application of salt in agriculture field as weed killer as it would deteriorate the soil in the long run and would also kill the aquatic animals in the river system and other micro-organism.
Programme was chaired by deputy director, M.M. Solo and ASCO (forest) K. Khekiho Shohe, key note address by joint director, Kikashilu and vote of thanks was pronounced by deputy director Imkongmar Aier.

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