International Conference on Advances in Potassium Research for Efficient Soil and Crop Management

28-29thAugust 2017, New Delhi

International Conference on Advances in Potassium Research for Efficient Soil and Crop management” held on 28-29 August 2017 at NASC complex New Delhi. Inaugurating the events as Chief Guest, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR underlined the necessity of focussed research on potassium in balanced fertilizer use and enhancement of nutrients use efficiency. He also emphasized the need for improving fertilizer recommendations involving judicious use of potassium so as to meet crop demand and mitigate soil degradation by avoiding excessive mining from soil reserves. The connection between balanced potassium application and climate change mitigation/adaptation has to be established to understand the role of potassium  in stress management.

Dr R S Paroda, Chairman, TAAS, chaired the Inaugural function. In his remarks, Dr Paroda advised for giving priority to potassium research in view of increased response to its application. In-depth research is needed on use of indigenous low grade potassium minerals, split application of potassium and residue management in different cropping systems. 

The conference was attended by leading potassium researcher from India and abroad, fertilizer Industry representative and Senior officers of Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare.