Soil health cards to be issued in Kashmir Valley



Srinagar: One lakh soil health cards, which will act as indicator of soil status for optimum use of fertilsers, will be issued to farmers in Kashmir Valley, an official said.

Agriculture Chemist Kashmir division M Mubarak Reshi said awareness programmes will be held across the valley and farmers will be facilitated by spot sampling and testing by Mobile Soil Testing Vans.

He said one lakh soil health cards will be issued to the farmers in the first instance - which will be an indicator of soil status of the farmer?s fields that will regulate the usage of fertilizers and manures for optimum production of crops.

Reshi was speaking at a day-long awareness-cum-training camp on soil testing here yesterday which was aimed to impart awareness to officers of the Agriculture department regarding soil sample collection, analysis and recommendations regarding application of macro and micro nutrients required for optimum and sustained production of cereals, pulses, vegetables and fruit crops.

The soil testing laboratories will also be established and upgraded in other districts of the valley, he said.

PTI