A one day program on Soil testing and fertilizer recommendation using PUSA STFR meter under TSP

 

A one day program on Soil testing and fertilizer recommendation using PUSA STFR meter under TSP

 

The year 2015 has been declared as ‘International year of soil’ by food and Agricultural Organization, Rome, Italy considering the paramount importance of soil. As a part of celebrating International Year of soil, a one day program on ‘Soil testing and fertilizer recommendation using PUSA STFR meter under TSP’ was organized on 25-05-2015. Dr. N. P. Singh, Director, in his inaugural address, emphasized on the use of the kit for soil health management and employment generation. The portable PUSA STFR meter is capable of analyzing soil pH, EC, organic carbon, phosphorus, sulphur, boron and zinc and recommending fertilizers for selected crops. The five kits will be distributed to five ST SHGs of Goa. Selected farmers were trained for analyzing the soils using kit. The training was attended by farmers and official soil testing laboratories of the Department of Agriculture, Govt of Goa. The farmers themselves analyzed soil simultaneously during the training. By making use of the PUSA STFR meters farmers can get the soils analyzed and fertilizer recommendation in the village in a very short span of time. Additionally it will generate employment opportunities for rural youth.