The All India Coordinated Research on Soil Test Crop Response (AICRP-STCR) functioning in the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry have developed STCR-IPNS equations for 32 major agricultural and horticultural crops and is providing advice to the famers on fertilizer recommendation and nutrient management.
According to a statement from TNAU, Dr.PradipDey, Project Coordinator, AICRP – STCR at Indian Institute of Soil Science (IISS) who is monitoring the scheme conducted two meetings on skype platform with the centre in-charges of AICRP – STCR. He suggested the following measures to cope up with the COVID ’19 situations: Agriculture R&D is a continuous process and any disruption will impact the food security. Contact farmers need to be provided with timely advisories through SMS/WhatsApp messages about urgency and measures to be taken for COVID-19 protection while taking up critical farm operations. Also farm operation for the month and meteorological forecast from IMD should be forwarded regularly.
In cases where soil sampling were found difficult due to lockdown, fertiliser recommendations based on STCR should be provided from soil healthcard / history of background soil fertility / soil fertility maps of the area.In cases where experimental farms are far away, and initiating new experiments are difficult, it was suggested to go for more and more verification trials in farmers’ field in collaboration with local KisanVikasKendras.
A direct fallout of lockdown may be difficulties in movement of racks of fertilizers to states and then to districts for timely stocking and supply of fertilizers for ensuing kharif season. In such situation, there is a need for popularisation the tips of fertilizer management. For example, top dressing in first 10 days after sowing if fertilizers are not available for basal application, spray of nutrients under very bad conditions of availability of fertilizers in some area.
Apart from this, several crop specific resource management practices were also suggested by the Project Co ordinator (AICRP-STCR), IISS, Bhopal. At this decisive situation, The Department of SS&AC, Directorate of Natural Resource Managementconcentrating on the advisory services for fertilizer recommendation and Nutrient Management for important crops through digital media.