A farmer was unhappy because of his low crop yield. He discussed the problem with an agricultural scientist and realised that the soil of his field was either too acidic or too basic. What remedy would you suggest the farmer to neutralise the soil?
If the soil is too acidic, it is to be treated with bases such as quicklime (calcium oxide) or slaked lime (calcium hydroxide).
If the soil is too basic, organic matter is added to it. Organic matter releases acids which neutralise the basic nature of the soil.