SRINAGAR: In order to review the pace of work on the construction of ‘state-of-the-art’ soil testing laboratory at Budgam, Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi visited the site on Monday.
The laboratory is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 60 lakhs, an official handout read.
According to the handout, more than 50% of the construction work on the said laboratory has been completed and would be handed over to the department very soon.
After the completion of the construction work, the laboratory will be able to analyse not only the major soil nutrients but the micro-nutrients will also be analysed, which will help farmers apply different types of fertilisers on scientific lines and according to the results of soil samples provided by the laboratory, the handout read.
It will also minimise the expenses on purchase of fertilisers, which will lead to low cost of cultivation.
Speaking on the occasion, director agriculture said that construction of the soil testing laboratory will meet the long pending demand of farmers of the district and its operation will provide soil testing facilities to farmers of the entire district.
The director exhorted upon the executing agencies to complete the work as per the given deadline and no laxity would be tolerated over quality control of different works directing them to redouble their efforts to complete work on all sections of the laboratory within stipulated timeframe, the handout added.