UN nuclear energy agency helps farmers improve soil quality

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Delegates peruse an exhibit at IAEA symposium on soil management

Scientists, researchers and policy makers from more than 80 countries are meeting this week in Vienna, Austria, to address the importance of soil management in enhancing food security.

 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) together with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) operates a section which uses nuclear and other techniques to conduct research on best soil management practices.

 This knowledge can help farmers to apply the right amount of water and fertilizer to crops, or indicate which types of plants thrive better in drought-prone areas.

To learn more about better soil management, Louise Potterton spoke to Long Nguyen, the head of the IAEA's Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section.

Duration: 3’42″

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