Fertilizer Management for Horticultural Crops using Digital Soil Maps
Shree Prasad Vista
Yam Kanta Gaihre
Production and productivity of any specific horticultural, as well as other crops, depends on the climate, soil characteristics, management inputs, etc. Digital soil maps (DSM) of Nepal, recently developed and launched by the Nepal Agricultural Research Council, can be used as an evidencebased decision-making tool to manage optimum soil-based agricultural inputs. A digital soil map can provide basic information on soil properties including soil pH, soil texture, organic matter, total nitrogen, available phosphorus, available potassium, and micronutrients zinc, and boron. Based on the information generated through DSM, policymakers and planners can design and develop horticultural programs; researchers can optimize their resources by conducting research in one area and recommend it for the similar domain; extensionist can use DSM for agro-advisory services; academia can use it as teaching materials and farmers can use DSM for assessing available resources to manage their soil for enhancing production and productivity of horticultural crops.
Production, Productivity, Horticulture