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Nutrient Management for Sustainable Potato Production in India: New Initiative

Nutrient Management for Sustainable Potato Production in India: New Initiative
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Author(s): R. P. Sharma (National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, India), M. K. Jatav (Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, India), V. K. Dua (Central Potato Research Institute, India) and Manoj Kumar (Central Potato Research Institute, India)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 33
Source title: Sustainable Potato Production and the Impact of Climate Change
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sunil Londhe (International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1715-3.ch002


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Potato is important crop for solving food and nutritional security problem of growing population of India. Application of N in two split dose i.e. half at planting time and rest at time of earthing up produce higher yields and higher N recovery. At the time of planting, calcium ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulphate should be preferred by furrow application. Selection of suitable variety may play major role beside time and method of application in improving nutrient use efficiency. Balanced use of major and micronutrients plays an important role in improving quality of produce besides good yield. Potato based cropping system mostly shows build up of P and negative balance of N and K which may be overcame by organic residues recycling. Intensive cropping system has resulted in wide spread deficiency of secondary and micro nutrients particularly Zn and these must be applied on soil test basis. Integrated nutrient management is a must for an exhaustive and responsive crop like potato.

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