Orientation course on soil health management held at SASRD

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Dimapur, May 14: The Department of Agricultural Extension, SASRD:NU in collaboration with Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) Eastern & Southern Region jointly organized an orientation course on ‘Soil Health Management’ on May 11 at SASRD, Nagaland University, Medziphema Campus.
In the inaugural session, Prof. A K Makar, Dean, SASRD:NU emphasized on the need of organic manures and called upon the FAI officials to coordinate and affiliate with related industries so that students could be nurtured as per the prevailing demand in agricultural sector.
S. Narayanan, Chairman FAI, Southern Region and & Director (Marketing) SPIC, Chennai, in his inaugural address stated that intensive agriculture over a period of time has led to nutrient mining and resulted in multi nutrient deficiencies both in the soils and the crops. The organic carbon content of the soil also has gone down abnormally which led to reduction in microbial population. He stressed the need for adopting integrated nutrient management which helps in soil health rejuvenation.
YVN Murthy, Regional Head, FAI Southern and Eastern Region, gave a brief introduction about the orientation course. He emphasized that the fertilizer pricing policy is one of the most important factors for promoting the balanced use of fertilizers. Government of India is spending a sum of about Rs. 70,000 crore annually on fertilizer subsidy but it has not served the basic objective of the fertilizer policy which should aim at promoting balanced use of nutrients.
Kevikhu Achumi, Additional Director, Department of Agriculture in his presidential address highlighted the work initiated by the department to make Nagaland an organic state and informed that 1700 ha has been demarcated as organic and necessary steps are being undertaken to identify specific crops in each district for organic certification in phase wise manner.
In the technical sessions YVN Murthy expounded on fertilizer scenario, policy and its impact on soil health and balanced fertilization reforms needed for INM while S. Narayanan gave talk on the topic ‘Enhancing farmers income, Need for business intelligence and marketing research’. Sanjay Arora, Deputy General Manager (Marketing) RCF, Kolkata spoke on “Critical Role and importance of logistics’ and also made a presentation on personality development.
Kumud Chandra Sharma, Assistant General Manager, DCM Shriram, Guwahati, deliberated on ‘Organic fertilizers and integrated nutrient management: Key to soil health & Financial aspects of marketing’. Dr. A K Singh, Associate Prof., SASRD: NU deliberated on ‘Soil management and related issues’ while Dr. A P Singh, SASRD: NU gave a presentation on ‘Organic farming – Problems and prospects in Nagaland’.
Altogether 116 students from B.Sc (Hon.) Agriculture final year, M.Sc. (Ag) students and Ph.D scholars as well as faculty of SASRD:NU participated in the day long programme.
(Page News Service)