Prof.(Dr.) R.S. Antil is the Principal Advisor (Soil Sciences) at Amity University in Noida, Uttar Pradesh and Former Director Extension Education, CCS HAU, Hisar, Haryana.
Prof.(Dr.) R.S. Antil says in order to meet food and other requirements of an increasing population, crop productivity has to be sustained at a higher level. This could be achieved and sustained only through integrated nutrient management (INM), which involves combined use of fertilizers, organic manures, crop residues, green manuring and bio-fertilizers to maximize nutrients use efficiency through balanced fertilizers use at right time by right method of application in crops. Long-term studies conducted in different agro-climatic zones have established the benefits of INM. In this session, an attempt will be made to assess the role of INM in sustaining soil health and crop productivity under various cropping systems followed in India.