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    Improved use of Plant Nutrients. Report of the Expert Consultation on Better Exploitation of Plant Nutrients, Rome, 18-22 April 1977
    FAO Soils Bulletin 37
    1978
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    FAO organized an Expert Consultation in April 1977 with participants from countries consuming both a high and low quantity of fertilizer, to identify possibilities for a more intensive and rational utilization of the valuable plant nutrients in mineral and organic fertilizers, with emphasis on conditions in developing countries. The conclusions reached should serve interested countries as a guide for follow-up activities in the more rational use of plant nutrients at the research and practical l evel. The participants were convinced that there are still ample possibilities for improvement and for making the costly and sometimes scarce plant nutrients more efficient and their use more economic.
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    Organic recycling in Africa. Papers presented at the FAO/SIDA Workshop on the Use of Organic Materials as Fertilizers in Africa, Buea, Cameroon, 5-14 December 1977
    FAO Soils Bulletin 43
    1980
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    Policy makers as well as scientists have started to acquire an honest appreciation of the possibilities of reducing the wastage of materials which could be profitably utilized for improving or maintaining soil productivity. In addition, the great opportunities offered by making more efficient use of the potentials of biological nitrogen fixation in farming systems are now fully recognized. A number of recommendations and suggested guidelines were made by the various Working Groups during the t wo-week Workshop. These covered: 1- Cropping systems and crop residue management 2- Biological N-fixation 3- Research, training and extension. A central theme much emphasized at the Workshop was the fact that agricultural policy makers, technicians and scientists need to study more closely the basic practices of the small farmers so that proposal for the introduction of new systems could be easily understood, integrated and accepted by these farmers.
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    China: recycling of organic wastes in agriculture. Report on an FAO/UNDP study tour to the People's Republic of China, 28 April - 24 May 1977
    FAO Soils Bulletin 40
    1977
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    In China the research group visited Peking, the Provinces of Jiangsu, Guangdong, Hebei, Shanxi and the municipality of Shanghai. The member of the group were deeply impressed by the agricultural, economic and cultural achievements of the People?s Republic of China. They gained valuable experience, especially in the field of recycling of organic wastes in agriculture which will be most useful in the development of agriculture in their own countries. The major part of the report is devoted to the main subject of the Study Tour and it emphasizes the practical aspects and applicability of the methods studied in China. At present, about two-thirds of the total nutrient intake is derived from natural manures and heavy reliance on these manures will continue because the Chinese have developed a long standing experience in matching the various types of organic manures to their local soils. While mineral fertilizers are relatively costly, organic manures are constantly available locally at litt le or no cost except in manpower.

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