BEIJING – Teck Resources and the National Agricultural Technology Extension Service Center (NATESC) of the Ministry of Agriculture of China have signed an agreement to demonstrate and promote zinc fertilizer use in China.
Zinc deficiency has serious impacts on agricultural production and human health. In humans signs of zinc deficiency include white spots on the nails, skin lesions, diarrhea, and wasting of body tissues. A lack of zinc can contribute to acne as well as poor eyesight, taste, smell and memory. In China, 60% of arable land is classified as zinc deficient, with critical conditions in many dry areas.
A partnership with the International Zinc Association and NATESC has conducted over 40 fields trials of zinc fertilizer in China. Crop yields have been demonstrably increased, and that brought positive economic returns to the farmers. Teck and NATESC will conduct a further 50 field trials and promote education on the benefits of zinc fertilizer.
Teck’s “Zinc and Health” program is focused on raising awareness about and reducing cases of zinc deficiency around the world. Some of Teck’s partners include the International Zinc Association, UNICEF, Free the Children, the Micronutrient Initiative and the government of Canada.
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