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Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
26-November-2010 17:03 IST
Judicious Use of Chemical Fertilizers Must for Soil Health
Experiments conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) indicated that non-judicious and imbalanced use of inorganic fertilizers (NPK) over years may result in deterioration of soil fertility/ nutrient deficiencies.

In order to promote judicious use of chemical fertilizers, Government is advocating soil test based balanced and Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) through conjunctive use of both inorganic and organic sources of plant nutrients like Farm Yard Manure (FYM), compost, bio-fertilizers and green manuring.

The Government has launched the “National Project on Management of Soil Health & Fertility” during 2008-09 to promote soil test based judicious use of fertilizers for improving soil health and its productivity. The scheme includes setting up of new Static/Mobile Soil Testing Laboratories, strengthening of existing soil testing laboratories, training of soil testing laboratory staff/extension officers/ farmers, field demonstrations on balanced use of fertilizers, promoting use of organic manure, soil amendments and micronutrients

This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

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