Implications of Indiscriminate use of Fertilizers

October 10, 2015

Indiscriminate use of synthetic fertilizers can result in soil contamination by heavy metals; reduction in the nutritional value of crops, reduction in soil fertility etc.  Fertilizers contaminate the soil with impurities, which come from the raw materials used for their manufacture. Mixed fertilizers often contain ammonium nitrate...

Elemental Proportion in NPK Fertilizers

October 10, 2015

Any natural or synthetic material added to soil to provide plant nutrients is called Fertilizer. Fertilizers are available in the market in liquid, solid as well as gaseous form (e.g. anhydrous ammonia). All chemical fertilizers available in the market are labelled with three numbers, which represent the...

Plant Macronutrients and Micronutrients

October 8, 2015

Plants get three elements viz. Carbon(C), Hydrogen (H) and Oxygen (O) from air and water. During the process of Photosynthesis, these three elements are combined to make carbohydrates, with subsequent releasing of Oxygen. While roots absorb water, CO2 enters the plants via stomata (the small leaf openings)....

Revamping the Agriculture

February 13, 2015

Being a agro-based economy, agriculture in India is not able to improve the livelihood of farmers. What are the measures to be adopted to revamp the agriculture to deliver the desirable results?