Knowledge for Development

Use of micronutrients in tropical and sub-tropical fruit crops: a review


Date: 10/03/2015


With the inception of commercial farming the emphasis has been on increasing production without proper management of the soil nutrient balance. As a result micronutrients, which are important for keeping soil in a healthy condition have been neglected, resulting in progressively falling production. This is the conclusion of a recent study by M.K. Yadav, Ministry of Horticulture and Food Processing, Satna, India, and V.K. Solanki, Navsari Agricultural University, India. They argue that without minimizing the importance of macronutrients in quadrupling fruit production worldwide over the last 50 years, micronutrients will play a major productive and qualitative role in bringing stability and sustainability to farm production systems in the future. (African Journal of Agricultural Research, 29/01/2015)