The Coimbatore centre has been recognized for its excellence in micronutrient research and overall performance in the field of delineating the micro and secondary nutrients status in the soils of Tamil Nadu, fixing critical limits to make fertilizer recommendations, developing management strategies to increase crop yield and soil health, it said.
The studies on Zn nutrition in soil- plant - animal continuum further strengthened the activities of the centre. The team has also demonstrated the impact of various micronutrient management strategies in farmers' holdings and also created considerable awareness among them through field days, interaction meetings and spot advices, it said.
The centre has also released publications for the benefit of farmers in Tamil and developed micro-nutrient mixtures specifically for 11 major crops. Dr T Chitdeshwari, Professor, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of TNAU, Coimbatore,was awarded the S N Ranade Memorial Award for excellence in micro nutrients research in the field of agriculture on the occasion.
A silver medal and a certificate were given to her for her contribution in diagnosing and management of micro-nutrient deficiencies in soils and crops, investigating the dynamics of micro-nutrients in the soil ecosystem, besides developing strategies to improve crop yield and maintain soil health, it said.
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