ICAR- AICRP Micronutrients Centre Award Received by TNAU
New Delhi: The outstanding ICAR-AICRP (Indian Council for Agricultural Research-All India Coordinated Research Project) Micronutrients Centre Award received by The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Coimbatore Centre.
A TNAU release said, this Centre was chosen among 22 centres of ICAR - All India Coordinated Micro, Secondary and Pollutant elements in Soils and Plants and the award was presented at the recently held 28th National workshop of ICAR- AICRP Schemes at Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal.
According to TNAU's release, the Coimbatore centre has been recognized for its excellence in micronutrient research and overall performance in the field of delineating the micro and secondary nutrients status in the soils of Tamil Nadu, fixing critical limits to make fertilizer recommendations, developing management strategies to increase crop yield and soil health.
The studies on Zn nutrition in soil- plant - animal continuum further strengthened the activities of the centre. the impact of various micronutrient management strategies in farmers' holdings demonstrated by the team and it also created considerable awareness among them through field days, interaction meetings and spot advices.
Publications for the benefit of farmers in Tamil and developed micro-nutrient mixtures specifically for 11 major crops are also released by the centre. Dr. T Chitdeshwari, Professor, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of TNAU, Coimbatore, was awarded the S N Ranade Memorial Award for excellence in micro nutrients research in the field of agriculture on the occasion.
For her contribution in diagnosing and management of micro-nutrient deficiencies in soils and crops, investigating the dynamics of micro-nutrients in the soil ecosystem, besides developing strategies to improve crop yield and maintain soil health, a silver medal and a certificate were given to her.