Promoting sustainable fertilizer use

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Incorrect use of fertilizer mixes is a very frequent problem in agricultural production, and it may lead to failing to provide the essential nutrients to the soil. The key to improving the situation is supporting the idea of sustainable farming. The Indian government has decided to take action and has commissioned soil analysis on a number of farms in the country. The enterprise is aimed at improving soil quality and efficiency.

Getting to know the demand for nutrients

Thanks to thorough soil analysis, it will also be possible to plan fertilization so as to help crop efficiency grow by at least 30%. Farmers need to pay attention to applying appropriate quantities of organic substances and fertilizer mixes.

Soil samples have been collected from over 36,000 locations in India, both from rain fed plantations and those which are irrigated. Indian scientists have found that the most common mistake made by farmers is using too much potash, despite the fact the the local soil is not lacking in potassium. Similar observations were made with reference to the application of nitrogen and phosphorous.

A vision of better future

Research commissioned by Indian Department of Agriculture has provided information which might prove invaluable in the future, especially if food security in the country is considered. When the cross-section models of soil types and descriptions of their demand for nutrients are prepared, they will provide a useful tool for the farmers, making is easier for them to use fertilizers in food production.