SRINAGAR: During the last fiscal horticulture department analyzed 2730 soil samples collected from 1950 beneficiaries from various district of Kashmir Division.
This was disclosed by officials to the Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari while seeking information about the Soil Health Cards in the state.
The Minter who inspecting Soil and Leaf testing laboratory, and Mobile Soil Testing Lab at Directorate of Horticulture Kashmir, where a team of experts at Soil and Leaf Testing Lab gave live demonstrations of various tests conducted in the lab to track health conditions of plantation.
Seeking details about the status of Mobile Soil Health Cards in the State, the Minister was informed that in last one decade Soil and Leaf Analysis Laboratory of Horticulture has analyzed 10743 soil samples across Kashmir Division.
He was informed that in last three years 4182 soil samples have been analyzed here which includes Anantnag: 349, Budgam:1490, Baramulla: 307, Kulgam: 345, Kupwara: 349, Pulwama: 384, Shopian: 292 and Srinagar: 373.
The Minister was further informed that the collection of soil samples have raised from 900 to 1500 annually in last three years and in the year 2016-17 the Lab has analyzed 2730 soil samples collected from 1950 beneficiaries from various district of Kashmir Division.
He was informed that with advancement in technology the Lab analyze ten parameters to check out soil and plant health which include PH, EC, Organic Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Iron, Manganese and Copper and readings are uploaded on Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Government of India web portal where from farmers can directly download Soil Health Card.
The Soil Testing Laboratory was established by the State Department of Horticulture in March, 1995, at Horticulture Complex, Rajbagh, Srinagar, with the aim of providing guidance to the orchardist community on scientific lines, with regard to the basic input of all horticultural activity.
Soil testing is the widely used practice for soil fertility evaluation and fertilizer recommendations. It is equally helpful in understanding its potential and limitations. Soil sample collection is a primary but often neglected step in soil testing and is also a major source of error, representing 80-85 % of the total error, among all the steps.