Soil and nutrient management meet in Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ASEAN member states yesterday reviewed the third draft of the ASEAN Guidelines on Soil and Nutrient Management (SNM) during the 4th Meeting of ASEAN Soil and Nutrient Management Experts Group. The two-day meet at the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism was hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.
It will cover issues of soil in ASEAN and deal with topics like good soil and nutrient management practices, standard, regulations and market information of fertiliser and supplements, recommendations for soil and nutrient management and soil pollution.
The initiative on ‘Development of Regional Guidelines on Soil and Nutrient Management’ was launched in 2014.
It emphasises the need for good cooperation among ASEAN member states to establish a regional working group to develop a set of recommendation on soil and nutrient management for the region, said the permanent secretary at Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism yesterday.
Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Hj Metussin said the guidelines is expected to help facilitate decision makers in the formulation of policy recommendations on soil and nutrient management that will promote sustainable agrifood systems in the region.
In his speech, the permanent secretary said current practices, together with harsh climatic conditions and population pressure, have led to soil degradation, loss of soil fertility, declining crop yields and malnutrition, and subsequent a decline in livelihood.
Rehabilitation of the productive capacity of soil for crop production is a key issue that needs to be addressed in ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS), Dr Hj Abdul Manaf said.
“If soil quality is poor, it cannot function effectively, thus it is incapable of sustaining a productive agriculture. This will have an enormous impact on sustainability of agriculture and food production in the region,” he said.
The Brunei Times