Empowering Farmer Leaders to Acquire and Practice Site-Specific Nutrient Management Technology

Precision agriculture, using high-tech equipment and in-formation science software, is not appropriate for the farmers of small parcels of land in the tropics. Our hypothes is, however,is that the concepts of precision agriculture and participatory action research have a similar philosophical basis and complement each other. We have adopted an approach of both empowering farmers and simplifying nutrient management technology to enable farmers to use the concepts. The simplified technology includes a visual tool to identify soil series, a soil test kit that brings the laboratory to the field, and a decision-aid that enables farmer leaders to interpret the soil test kit data in light of the soil series. The results have demonstrated increased yields with reduced fertilizer inputs over a three-year period in Central Thailand.

Researcher Details

Research Paper

Empowering Farmer Leaders to Acquire and Practice Site-Specific Nutrient Management Technology

Category

Soil improvement

Researcher Name

Tasnee Attanandana; Russell Yost; Prateep Verapattananirund

Organisation/ University

Department of Soil Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand; Department of Tropical Plants and Soil Sciences, University of Hawaii, Honolul; Eco-Community Vigor Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand”

Designation

Professor; Professor; President

Phone Number

294281044

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