A centrally sponsored Integrated Scheme of Oilseeds, Pulses, Oil Palm and Maize (ISOPOM) is being implemented in 14 major oilseed growing States to promote the cultivation of oilseeds including soyabeanin the country.
Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided for purchase of breeder seed, production of foundation seed, production and distribution of certified seed, distribution of seed minikits, distribution of plant protection chemicals/equipments, weedicides, supply of micro nutrients & improved agricultural implements, supply of rhizobiumculture/phosphate solubilising bacteria, distribution of gypsum/pyrite/liming/dolomite, distribution of sprinkler sets and water carrying pipes, training, publicity, etc.
Soyabean is a leguminous crop and legumes have long been recognized and valued as ‘soil building’ crops. Soyabeanfixes nitrogen from the atmosphere and adds nitrogen to the soil, increases soil reserves of organic matter and soil aeration, improves soil structure and soil water-holding capacity and makes soil easier to till and thus maintains general soil health status.
In addition, the tillage requirement for growing subsequent crop happens to be minimum which, in turn, reduces the cost of cultivation and enhances the possibilities of timely sowing. Wheat, chickpea, mustard, potato etc., are being grown successfully after the harvest of soyabeanwith application of recommended doses of nutrients to respective crops.
Source: Economic Times