27 Apr 2017

Enhancing Indian Farmer Income with Balanced Nutrition of a Rice-Maize Rotation

It has become increasingly common for farmers to grow rice, followed by maize each year in their fields. This rice-maize cropping system provides an option for farmers to diversify and improve their income compared to growing only rice. High-yielding maize removes more nutrients from the soil than rice or wheat. Current fertilization practices have led to an imbalanced and insufficient reservoir of many nutrients in the soil. Improper fertilization practices are leading to an overall decline in farm productivity. IPNI always recommends that farmers apply fertilizer nutrients according to the demand of the crop and apply nutrients in ways that minimize their loss and maximize their efficiency.