GPS technology to be used for ascertaining soil health

GPS technology to be used for ascertaining soil health

JAMMU: GPS technology will be used to collect the samples for preparing the Soil Health Cards for agricultural land under the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA).
Giving details on the usage and benefits of this technology during the two day training of this scheme the agricultural officials said that soil samples will be taken from a grid of 2.5 ha in irrigated areas and 10 ha in un-irrigated areas with GPS location.
At the launch Director Agriculture, Jammu Dr S. S. Jamwal said that under the scheme farmers will get to know the actual nutrient status of their land covering major, secondary and micro-nutrients value along with soil reaction (pH value), electrical conductivity and Organic Carbon status of the soil.
These cards will be used by experts to given suggestions to farmers later.
The technical resource persons of the department imparted training to the staffers on collection of soil samples from a particular grid using Global Positioning System (GPS).
They also trained them about the different parameters of analysis, role of different plant nutrients for plant growth, deficiency symptoms of nutrient deficiencies etc.
Later the trainees were also given demonstration on use of equipments like Spectro-photometer, Flame Photometer and Atomic Absorption Spectro-photometer.
Joint Director of Agriculture (Extension), Jammu, Ashok Malhotra while interacting with the trainees said that the soil health management based on application of balanced dose of fertilizers is important to increase the production and productivity in agriculture. This scheme was launched by the GoI in Feburary last month in an attempt to check deteriorating soil quality and spruce up farm productivity.
The scheme aims to provide these cards to 145 million farm owners across India with a soil health card in the next three years.
New Delhi has kept a budget of issuing of Rs 100 crore and an additional Rs 56 crore to set up 100 mobile soil testing laboratories across India.
The soil health card will make it easier for farmers to improve productivity by using appropriate inputs.

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