Soil testing key to avoid wasting of fertilisers: Expert

February 13th, 2009 - 10:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Feb 13 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government should focus on soil testing and suggesting appropriate fertiliser mix for better productivity, an industry official said here Friday.
Inaugurating the Agri Summit organised by the Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), its vice president A. Vellayan said: “Large amount of fertiliser gets wasted during application. Nearly 25 percent of the fertiliser bill can be cut by using soluble fertilisers as leaching wash off stands at 40 percent.”

He said the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) should share its soil and crop management studies with the farmers to increase the farm yield.

Citing the increase in the number of small and marginal farmers from 42 percent to 55.5 percent between 1997 and 2001, Vellayan said that SICCI has suggested to the Tamil Nadu government to remove hurdles in attracting capital investment in the farm sector and also to encourage corporate contract farming.

According to S. Koshal Ram, director, Agriculture Commissionerate, the state government is planning to cover 700,000 hectares out of two million hectares under the programme to increase paddy yield.

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