Tag: Fertilizers

Farmers given free fertilizers, low-priced veggie seeds

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STAFF REPORT MULTAN: The Punjab government has provided free fertilizers and pesticides besides vegetables seeds at low price to farmers for cultivation of vegetables at 687 demonstration plots in the province. Exactly 312 open field plots and 375 tunnel farms are being cultivated for potato, tomato, onion, chili and garlic and quality seed of these vegetables was provided to farmers in cooperation with Punjab Seed Corporation (PSC), said the Punjab Agriculture Department. Under this…Read More

Controlled release fertilizers – uses and benefits

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article image Since long, the main purpose of fertilizer application is to provide nutrients to plants in order to increase crop yields. Thus, improvement of fertilizer use efficiency of nutrient uptake and better crop yields is important for fertilizer producers and users. However, any fertilizer regardless of its form may harm the environment if misused. Environmentalists characterize fertilizer use as one of the source of polluting soil, water, and air. The adverse environmental impacts of…Read More

Controlled release of fertilizers; uses and benefits

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article image From many years, the main goal of applying fertilizers is to provide nutrients to plants to increase or sustain crop yields. Thus, to improve fertilizer use efficiency in terms of nutrient uptake and better crop yields is important to fertilizer producers and users. However, any fertilizer, whether in the natural, organic, or inorganic form, can harm the environment if misused. Recently, fertilizers usage has been labelled by environmentalists as one source of polluting soil, water, and…Read More

Fertilizers use can boost agriculture yields

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article image STAFF REPORT RWP: By use of proportionate fertilizers, the productivity of crop can be increased about fifty per cent and model in this respect has been prepared by the Agriculture University Faisalabad which have been designed for all districts of Punjab keeping in view the soil condition of each district.These models have been prepared after a detailed research by the agriculture researchers Dr. Abdul Majeed, Dr Abdul Rasheed and their teams. "USAID and ICARDA have provided…Read More

UAF starts guiding farmers through ICT on fertilizers

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, has embarked upon a plan to guide farmers throughout Punjab with the help of information communication technology (ICT) to adopt most an appropriate agriculture technology to use best fertilizer application model on district level. This system would be channelized through call centre, internet services, mobile and SMS on district level to disseminate latest agricultural information to the farmers. The model would help the…Read More

Efficient use of fertilizers

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article image The fertilizer refers to the substance which provides one or more nutrients necessary for plant growth and development. Fertilizers play a significant role in the modern crop production. They are key inputs contributing about 30 to 70 per cent increase in crop yield. Besides increasing yield per unit area, fertilizers improve the nutritional and storage quality of many crops particularly of the grains, fruit and vegetable crops. This is because fertilizers increase plant resistance to…Read More

N-fertilizers: Becoming an environmental plague

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article image Production of nitrogenous fertilizers were initiated when Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch in 1909 turned the nitrogen gas (N2) in the air into ammonia (NH3) through an industrial process. This conversion was a major breakthrough not only in industrialization but also in agriculture sector because prior to this conversion the main sources of fertilizer were animal dung, leaf litter, bird guano, etc which was not so productive and quick in action. As the world’s population grew, it became…Read More

Nitrogen-based fertilizers a threat to environment

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article image Wheat, rice and corn are among staple food crops of Pakistan, producing 24 million tons (MT) of wheat, 5.54 MT of rice and 3 MT of corn in 2013. The production of these crops was observed to be less than half in 1990s. The significant increase in crop yield compared to last two decades is due to the intensive use of inorganic fertilizers and other improved management practices. Wheat, rice and corn, which feed the major population of the world, are nitrogen-hungry crops. These crops…Read More

Fertilizers production declines by 12.84 pc

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STAFF REPORT KHI: The cumulative fertilizer sector’s production declined by 12.84 percent on monthly basis to 468,000 tons in April 2013 as against of 537,000 tons in March 2013.According to the data released by the National Fertilizer Development Center (NFDC), the total fertilizer offtake also decreased by 24.45 per cent on monthly basis to 417,000 tons during the month of April 2013 as against 552,000 tons in March this year.Product-wise results showed a 6.0 per cent fall in total urea…Read More