Soil Scientist Tasks Farmers to Embrace Soil Texture for Bumper Harvest

The Zonal coordinator of Nigerian Institute of soil science in South East, Professor Charles Asadu has urged Nigerian farmers to always examine soil texture before planting of their crops to enable them get positive results.
The Professor of soil science gave the advice during the training on the protection and management of soil resources for extension workers at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, said soil in Nigeria like other tropical region differs widely in terms of physical, chemical, mineralogical and biological characteristics.
According to him, there is need to properly manage the soil in order to have enough production, adding that soil map and land use map would be beneficial to the development of Agricultural production.
Professor Asadu appreciated the high level of quacks in soil science profession, just as he urged the farmers to pay more attention to soil texture before planting crops.
Declaring the summit open, the Vice chancellor of Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Professor Maduebibisi Iwe represented by Director of the Advancement of the University, Professor Chukwuma Ofor, said soil remains important source of human livelihood. He urged the participants/farmers drawn from Abia and Owerri to utilize the opportunity to improve their farm production.

Prof Madu Iwe

Contributing, the Dean, College of crop and soil sciences, Professor Olayinka Nwachukwu, described soil as a living thing that needs more attention in order to assist in food production.

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