Farmers of the district have been advised to ensure soil test of their fields shortly after the harvest of ‘samba' crop, said Collector B. Maheswari. The Collector said that the agriculture department has made special arrangements for analysing soil so as to re-generate fertility in agricultural fields, according to a release. Farmers should submit samples of soil collected from their fields to the respective block level officials. She said that the results of the soil samples would be provided to the farmers for taking up corrective methods.
Soil analysis aimed at sensitising the farmers to the nature of the soil, its crop-specific suitability so on and so forth. The Collector said that the soil tests would help farmers to reduce the use of fertilisers. She has also appealed to farmers to take to pulses which ensure more profitability with attractive returns through an assured market. The district administration also attached priority for promotion of the subsidy-based precision farming and micro irrigation scheme. Reduction in cultivation cost and optimum utilisation of available irrigation water were the objective of the programme, to be implemented as part of the ‘second green revolution' of the state government.