K. Ashok Kumar, Research Scholar at the Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering at IIT KGP has received the International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award.
Ashok has been pursuing his PhD on 'Comparative Assessment of Direct and Residual Effects of Organic and Inorganic Nutrient Management on Rice-Chickpea Production System in Lateritic Soil.'
The objective of this research is to study the soil nutrient dynamics under organic and inorganic nutrient management to improve the crop yield and quality of rice-chickpea cropping system in lateritic soil.
"The research will help application of organic fertilizers such as vermicompost in right amount and at the right time to the rice crop; this increases the yield of the rice-chickpea cropping system by 10% as compared to the use of conventional synthetic fertilizers. Further, the organic fertilizer application will improve the nutritional and cooking quality of rice grain