Boron for Optimal Production

Agriculture is the largest industry in India, employing nearly 60% of the country’s population. Thanks to its diverse weather, geography, and soil, farmers can produce a range of fruits, vegetables and grains, including vital food crops such as grains and pulses (legumes).

The principal food grain of India is rice, which is grown on more than 30% of the country’s cultivated land and accounts for more than 40% of India’s overall food crop production. Wheat is the second most important cultivated food crop in India and accounts for nearly 9% of the world’s total wheat production.

Yet despite high levels of production, agricultural yield in India is lower than other large producing countries. Although it is the second highest producer of rice in the world, India’s yield is lower than China, Brazil, and the United States. India is also the leading producer of pulses, but its yield is the lowest. Both crops feed a majority of the country’s population, so it is critical that farmers optimize production. Growing consumer demand for high-quality fruits and vegetables is also putting pressure on growers to increase yields and optimize growth.

Featured Regional Crops

Boron is an essential micronutrient required for the growth and development of pulses, including broad beans, lentils, Bambara groundnut, chickpeas, pigeon peas, and cow peas.
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Sugar cane
Although boron is essential to the health and quality of sugar cane, it’s often the most deficient micronutrient in sugar cane plantations.
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Oil palm
Oil palm removes significant amounts of boron from the soil each year. And, boron is the most often deficient micronutrient in oil palm cultivation.
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Improve Soil Conditions with Boron Supplementation

The extensive use of irrigation, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides has contributed to soil infertility across much of India. Monsoon patterns and cultivation of high-yield crops have also depleted essential micronutrients, especially boron. Under these conditions, boron supplementation is vital to help protect growers’ livelihoods and increase output. Both small family farmers and larger operations can benefit from the application of high-quality, highly available refined boron.

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Resources for Farmers in India

Liquibor in India
Liquibor® is an easy-to-use remedy for present boron deficiency and the prevention of future boron deficiency in agriculture and speci... Read More
Lucky for you, there is Liquibor
Mixing the correct balance of fertilizer can be a challenge. Luckily, U.S. Borax has a smooth solution. Quite literally. Liquibor® is ... Read More
Changing Attitudes in Indian Agriculture
In a significant mindset shift, the government of India’s focus is moving from increasing farm output to improving farmer incomes. What does this mean f... Read More
Solutions for India’s Fortified Fertilizer Market
Currently, around 45% of arable Indian soil is boron deficient including latent deficient. Many of India’s states have soil that is more than 80% z... Learn More

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