This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R7438, R8221 and R8269. A simple, low-cost
way to boost crop yields in poor soils is now available. Farmers who
till infertile land are often the poorest and can't afford fertilisers.
Now, they can reap better harvests just by adding tiny amounts of
nutrients to the water that they soak seeds in before sowing. Farmers in
Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan added small amounts molybdenum,
zinc, boron, phosphate and Rhizobia—the bacteria that help fix
nitrogen—to priming water. In some cases, yields of chickpea, mungbean,
maize and wheat improved by up to two-thirds. The simple 'nutrient
priming' technology has almost unlimited potential. So many soils in
less-developed countries are poor. Plus, the method can be used for many
of the major tropical and sub-tropical crops.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (14 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP30, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 43.