Restoring tsunami-affected veg soils

Four field trials have been established in a project in Aceh, looking at restoring the fertility of tsunami-affected soils used for vegetable production.

One is examining the use of compost for improving soil fertility.

Once constraints in the soils to vegetable production have been identified, local researchers, extension specialists and vegetable farmers will be taught integrated soil and crop management methods.

The project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, in collaboration with The World Vegetable Centre, Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology, Indonesian Vegetables Research Institute, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Dinas Pertanian Tanaman Pangan NAD and AUSTCARE.

It is also linked with two other ACIAR projects lead by NSW DPI.

The project will finish in 2009 and enable rehabilitation of vegetable production, and help restore and enhance food security, nutrition and livelihoods.