Scientists bat for phosphate-rich organic manure

PROMS is organising a workshop on the subject at AU College of Engineering on Monday.

Using organic manure with phosphate fine has been to improve phosphate content in alkaline soils and for a longer period when compared to the inorganic Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP), members of Phosphate Rich Organic Manure Society (PROMS) explain.

The organic manure ensures availability of phosphate for the next crop unlike DAP that has to be applied for every crop. Use of organic manure reduces the soil demand for phosphate.

“This method has been validated by a number of agriculture scientists,” one of the founding members of PROMS D. M. R. Sekhar told The Hindu here on Friday.

“Our body requires 16 micronutrients. Crops grown using organic manure-linked phosphate have all the 16 micronutrients,” former professor of Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, M. S. Saktawat explained.

He was the first agricultural scientist to validate the method on the field in the year 2000.

“In the larger picture, the government can drastically cut down its subsidy outflow on DAP amounting to Rs. 35,000 crore per annum,” Dr. Sekhar said.

“It is not just the cost to the exchequer, look at the resource availability. It is estimated that the present availability of phosphate would last for, maybe, six generations. By using manure, we would be able to ensure its availability for at least 12 generations, which would go a long way in achieving inter-generational equity,” he explained.

The CSIR – Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology is setting up a farmer training centre on its premises in Bhubaneswar with funding from the Department of Science and Technology. This would go a long way in popularising the method, Director of IMMT B. K. Mishra explained.

“Visakhapatnam MP K. Haribabu has taken keen interest in the method and is trying to push for its acceptance in the corridors of power,” Dr. Sekhar said.

Organic manure ensures availability of phosphate for the next crop unlike DAP, which has to be applied for every crop

D. M. R. Sekhar

Founding-member, PROMS

via Scientists bat for phosphate-rich organic manure – The Hindu.