Soil health: Importance, options and challenges in Mizoram


Soil health plays as an important role for food security and sustainable agriculture. Besides, soil organic carbon which acts as a store house for plant nutrients, balancing of nutrients and proper soil physical condition is needed to maintain a healthy soil. With the launched of soil health card scheme, many farmers will be benefited by understanding the soil condition and the amount of nutrients to be applied which will increase food productivity. However, to meet the food requirement of the state and realizing the role played by soil for sustainable production. Several challenges lie ahead where more research and developments have to be emphasized. This includes site specific nutrient management, proper integration of nutrient including organic and inorganic, better utilization of nitrogen fixers and re structuring soil testing laboratories. Key words: Soil health, food productivity, site specific, nutrients, soil test.

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