Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare: On 8th March, analyze the crucial aspect of “micronutrient deficiency”- lack of essential vitamins and minerals required in ample amounts for healthy growth and repair of the body.
Favourable Micronutrient Fertilizers Policy On Demand For Food Security: Dr. Ashok Kumar Dalwai
Determined from the recent FAO (Food and agriculture organization) of the united nation theme of the international year of fruits and vegetable-2021, a virtual conference was held as a collaborative effort among other individuals, including the International Zinc association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Rio Tinto. The main focus of this meeting was to highlight the importance of micronutrient fertilizers to promote essential plant processes and growth that include boron, zinc, etc. accordingly enable inventive modern fertilizers like fortified, specialty, and water-soluble fertilizers were given importance during the discussion.
The roundtable comprised imminent officials, namely DR. ASHOK DALWANI- CEO, NRAA and chairman, taskforce, Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare, GOI: DR. SK MALHOTRA- Agriculture commissioner, Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare, GOI: MR. SRIDHAR DHARMAPURI- Group leader, agriculture and food systems, MR.VIKRAM MERCHANT- Country head, Rio Tinto.
The main forthcoming from this meeting was developing a strong infrastructure in soil testing and focusing on fulfilling the micronutrient deficit. There is also a need to focus on policy up-gradation according to the dynamic needs of research and development in agriculture to bring in innovative solutions on micronutrient fertilizers and an excellent “state-of-the-art” infrastructure for soil testing despite the traditional testing tools, Not only a need to make legislations but also to implement the policy we need two directional participation that means to have interactive policies and awareness about the intricacies of micronutrients on farm produce and human health among the stakeholders.
Dr. Andrew Green stated the importance of zinc in increasing crop yield. It may even increase the water uptake that will present great results by yielding stronger and healthier crops. The farm productivity has to be improved, as it also impacts the quality of the crops as result. He concluded that to bring a drastic change in the agricultural sector, using micronutrients such as Zinc is a beneficial choice.
The quality and quantity of the farm production can improve only when the micronutrient deficient is fulfilled with timely actions and changes in the establishing policy.
The most principle behind the initiative is to encourage and forth ahead towards a healthy lifestyle and immunity-building super produce. The FAO made the 2021 international year of fruits and vegetables rich sources of nutrients and essential vitamins that play a tremendous role in human health. There has been a trend of a massive decline in micronutrients globally due to the dominating zinc and boron content which is adversely affecting the yield and quality of crops.
The important causes of micronutrient deficiencies are:
– intensified agricultural practices
– imbalanced fertilizer application including NPK
– depletion of nutrients and no replenishment.
To sustain poverty and hunger deaths, SDGs, a body of the United Nations, are the urge to eradicate this suffering by 2030. There is a possibility of passing a policy concerning this matter. Ensuring a favorable condition against malnutrition, signatory countries will be benefitted through this micronutrient policy. It is expected from the government to look at the recommendations drafted and finally address a solution against Zinc Deficiency.
The policy emphasizes applicability despite the multitudinous challenges that agriculture is prone to global deterioration of soil health. Hence there is an alarming action needed for increasing the sustainable micronutrient supply through collaborative efforts among the stakeholders.