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A five-day international symposium organized by the Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka with the member states of Asia Pacific region commenced in Colombo at the Galadari Hotel, on Monday (27),. The symposium will focus on "Improving Soil Fertility, Land Productivity and Land Degradation Mitigation" .
Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam are participating in the conference.
The objective of the Synposium will be to assist Member States in the development and effective implementation of area-wide conservation to control the impact of land-use practices on land degradation through enhancing capacities in nuclear and isotopic techniques.
The Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka said that Sri Lanka plans to implement a project to assess the major land degradation issues of soil erosion and declining soil fertility in major agricultural lands in central highlands of the country using nuclear techniques.
The project aims to establish a national database on soil erosion using nuclear techniques in different land use patterns to prevent and mitigate land degradation due to soil erosion in major agricultural lands. The database will be established on central highlands of Sri Lanka and selected coconut growing soils.
Atomic Energy Authority is the national coordination institute of this project and Natural Resources Management Centre under the Department of Agriculture and the Coconut Research Institute are the other collaborative institutes. (niz)