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ICRISAT boosts crop productivity in watersheds

The application of small doses of deficient micro-elements to the soil in the watersheds being developed by the ICRISAT has resulted in significant increase in crop productivity.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2003 16:02 IST

At times big changes require small interventions.

The application of small doses of deficient micro-elements - boron and sulphur - to the soil in the watersheds being developed by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has resulted in significant increase in crop productivity, an ICRISAT release said here, quoting Director General William Darr.

The improved crop productivity due to the addition of boron and sulphur has encouraged farmers to participate more intensely in the watershed development activities, he said.

Success has been achieved in the watershed projects being implemented by an ICISAT-led consortium of institutions in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The Andhra Pradesh project is being implemented under the state government sponsored Rural Livelihood Programme (APRLP) while the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan projects are implemented under the Sir Dorabjee Tata Trust, the release added.

First Published: Jun 21, 2003 16:02 IST