: The Regional Centre of Fertilizer Association of India, Chennai, in association with the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam, organised an orientation programme for the outgoing undergraduate students of agriculture here on Monday.

While inaugurating the programme, R. Ganesan, Dean, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam, emphasised the role of agricultural graduates on promoting fertilizer usage and disseminating newer farm technologies in rainfed as well as irrigated agro ecosystems.

Nutrient management

He also reiterated in a statement the benefits of integrated nutrient management and its advantages over other methods.

M. Remold, Regional Executive, Fertilizer Association of India, Chennai, resource person, stressed the need for transfer of technologies towards fertilizer use in arable crops aiming at the second green revolution.

He also elaborated on the status of fertilizer industries in India.

The advancement of fertilizer production technologies with newer application methodologies was explained by M. Selvakumaran, Zonal Manager, Coromandel International Limited, Tiruchi.

The current trends in fertilizer marketing and distribution pattern were presented by D.V.V. Satyanarayana, Regional Manager, Greenstar Fertilizer Limited, Madurai.

V. Subramanian, Professor and Head, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, suggested the students to update their knowledge in fertilizer technologies. K. Baskar, Associate Professor, proposed a vote of thanks.

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