Zinc is Essential for Crops
Zinc deficiency in food crops reduces yields and quality, and it lowers the nutritional value of the crops. According to a study by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), an estimated 50% of the world’s agricultural soils devoted to cereal production are deficient in zinc. Zinc is also widely recognized as the most critical micronutrient deficiency in crops, being one of eight trace elements that plants need for normal growth and reproduction. Although required in small but critical concentrations, zinc plays a vital role in several key functions including: membrane structure, photosynthesis, protein synthesis and defense against drought and disease.
Despite these facts, zinc deficiency is unrecognized, underestimated or untreated in many countries and regions of the world. Thus, there is an urgent need to address zinc deficiency to contribute to crop production and food security in these countries and to improve human health. Applying zinc fertilizer to soils and/or onto plant leaves is a simple and highly effective solution to this critical problem.
The zinc industry is committed to alleviating zinc deficiency in soils, crops and humans and has to this end launched the Zinc Nutrient Initiative, a multi-year program aimed at increasing crop productivity and nutritional status by promoting the use of zinc-containing fertilizers to help address food security and human malnutrition.
Global Zinc Deficiency in Crops
Zinc deficiency is a widespread and global problem affecting more than half of the world’s agricultural soils, with potentially significant impacts on crop productivity, nutritional quality and health in these areas.
By ensuring that crops have an adequate supply of zinc, crop productivity, food security and nutritional quality can be improved, thus providing significant health, social and economic benefits.
For more information, please visit http://www.zinc.org.in/zinc-in-fertilizers/.