‘Scarcity of micronutrients in soil a matter of concern’

‘Scarcity of micronutrients in soil a matter of concern’

Farmers attend an awareness camp on management of micronutrients in wheat crop. Photo Gurbaxpuri

Tarn Taran, February 19

Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK), Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Booh, Tarn Taran, organised an awareness camp on ‘Micronutrient management in happy/super seeder sown wheat’ at Bhagupur Havelian village on Friday. Farmers of Bhagupur, Sangwan and Kirtowal villages attended the programme. Dr Balwinder Kumar, Associate Director, KVK, said that micronutrient deficiency in soil and crop produce had become a matter of serious concern.

He alerted the farmers regarding zinc nutrition in crops, humans and livestock. Use of intensive cropping system, high analyzing fertilisers and imbalanced fertilization is causing micronutrient deficiencies in the soils and plants and stressed on the biofortification of grains and fodder crops.

He said that area soil was deficient in zinc and sulpher which affected the productivity of grain and fodder crops. Experts from PAU, Ludhiana, Dr SS Dhaliwal and Dr Vivek Sharma, too addressed on the occasion. Farmers and experts visited happy seeder and super seeder sown wheat and compared two methods. Zinc sulphate was distributed to the farmers for biofortifying grain of wheat. — OC

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