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India needs to look at rodent attacks, soil fertility and agri biowaste: Experts

09 May 2011

BANGALORE: Combating rodent attacks, increasing soil fertility and converting agricultural biowaste are some of the key issues that need to be addressed to promote growth in the agricultural field in the country, according to bio-agri experts.

The experts who were deliberating at the just-concluded Bangalore India Bio event pointed out that food productivity was impacted by a combination of factors. A major task on hand for the agricultural scientists was to look at controlling the attack of rodents in the food granaries in the country.

“India has a serious rodent problem. If we get rid of them, the productivity of foodgrains will increase by several folds. We have a tendency to focus on pesticides to control the rodents but other methods need to be devised,” pointed out Prof. Samir K Brahmachari, director-general, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), and secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research.

The current use of pesticides is huge and this is the key cause of fall in the quality of the soil. If we are able to evaluate which soil supports what kind of crop in India, by mapping the entire soil metagenome to productivity, we will be the first country to do so, and will have tremendous results. We need to ascertain the type of soil most favourable for each kind of crop. This would be a better solution to increasing productivity when compared to pesticides, stated Prof. Brahmachari……

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Written by csirindia

May 10, 2011 at 6:22 am

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