Tag: soils

Kallar Grass “The Salt Grass” an Important Fodder Crop to Ameliorate Salt-Effected Soils

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article image Pakistan is an agricultural country; major part of its population depends on agriculture. Pakistan is located between longitude 61° and 76° E and latitude 24° and 37°N. Major part of the country lies in semi-arid to arid region receiving annual rain fall 250 mm and ranges from 100 – 760 mm. Most of the area […]…Read More

Safe food production from contaminated soils

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article image WHEN WE study other nations, especially about the life spams we come to know that average life of other peoples is far longer than ours. Survey reports that average life span in America is 78.74 while in Pakistan it is about 66.44. Our life expectancy is not good due to actually poor diet, poor access to affordable health care, poor personal health habits and just plain poverty while these factors are mostly absent or minute in other developed nations. In our country no. of doctors for…Read More

Healthy soils stressed to tackle food security issue

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article image STAFF REPORT RWP: As Pakistan is seriously vulnerable to food security to due to multiple factors, soil scientists have a major role to play by gearing up their efforts for meeting the future challenges of fulfilling requirements of the country’s food security. This was the crux of the speakers at a three-day 16th International Congress of Soil Science recently concluded at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAUER), Rawalpindi. The theme of the congress was…Read More

Saline agriculture impression in soils and its management strategies

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article image AGRICULTURAL productivity is severely affected by soil salinity because salt levels are harmful to plant growth. Estimates show that at present about 20 per cent of the irrigated land in the world is affected by salinity. The loss of cultivable land due to salinity is likely to increase over the next 20 years. At present, there are nearly 954 million hectares of saline soils on the earth’s surface. All these salt affected soils are distributed throughout the world. The total…Read More

Building healthy soils for future generations

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article image The soil is the foundation of agriculture, the world community is celebrating 2015 as "International Year of Soils" and the session of General Assembly is dedicated to increase awareness of healthy soils for food security and proper function of ecosystems. This increasing awareness of world community in managing healthy, productive soils is a positive sign for the future agriculture. World is facing serious challenges of population growth, more frequent occurrence of extreme…Read More

Saline agriculture impression in soils and its management strategies

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article image Causes of salt accumulation The location of Pakistan is in arid and semi-arid climatic zones. The average summer temperature is about 45°C and the minimum winter temperature remains between 2°C to 5°C. The annual rainfall varies between 100 mm to 700 mm throughout the country. The evaporation rate is generally very high and exceeds that of precipitation. Thus, the insufficient rainfall followed by high evaporative demand and shallow ground water depth, enhances the movement of salts…Read More

Phytoremediation for sustainable management of polluted soils

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By Ghazala Mustafa and Faizan WazirMANKIND HAS been blessed with the natural resources like soil, water and air. These natural resources serve as a backbone in the sustainable development of a country’s agriculture. Nature has created a unique balance in these resources. Man has been using these resources from thousands of years for its survival. With the current advancements in technology this natural balance is disrupted which has caused pollution and other environmental problems. Therefore…Read More