Digital soil map provides information for crop productivity and soil health

“The private sector can utilize the acquired soil information to build interactive and user-friendly mobile apps that can provide soil properties and fertilizer-related information to farmers as part of commercial agri-advisory extension services,” she said.

“These soil maps will not only help to increase crop yields, but also the nutritional value of these crops, which in return will help solve problems of public health such as zinc deficiency in Nepal’s population,” explained Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, principal scientist at CIMMYT.

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By the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

A digital soil map for Nepal launched in 2021 provides access to location-specific information on soil properties for any province, district, municipality or a particular area of interest. The interactive map provides information useful for new crop- and site-specific fertilizer recommendations for the country.

Produced by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), in collaboration with Nepal Agricultural Research Council’s (NARC) National Soil Science Research Center (NSSRC), the digital soil map is the first publicly available soil map in South Asia that covers the entire country.

At the official launch event for the map in February 2021 the Prime Minister of Nepal, K.P. Sharma Oli highlighted the benefits the map would bring to support soil fertility management in the digital era in Nepal.

CIMMYT, NSSRC and Department of Agriculture’s Centre for Crop Development and Agrobiodiversity Conservation…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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