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Now, farmers can test soil at Mattuthavani

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Mobile lab to be stationed for two days in a month

A mobile soil testing unit was launched at Mattuthavani paddy and flower market complex here on Friday. It is an initiative of District Agriculture Department and Madurai Market Committee.

“It will be stationed at the market twice a month and farmers can bring soil samples and get them tested there. For the rest of the month, the unit will tour the villages across the district,” said Joint Director of Agriculture Jaisingh Gnanadurai.

The vehicle has a small laboratory. Technicians test the soil samples and give the results to the farmers during the day, latest by 3 p.m. There are three agriculture officers who advise the farmers and answer their queries on soil.

Madurai Market Committee secretary J. Thavasamuthu said the paddy market was chosen to station the unit since more farmers visited it. “This is a longstanding demand of the farmers and based on their response, we will increase the frequency of visits to the market,” he said.

The market has 129 paddy shops, 60 traders of fertilizers and seeds and 104 flower traders. Members of the Integrated Association of Farmers and Traders of the market bear the expenses of Rs.20 for getting a soil sample tested.

Officials said the unit would enable the traders in the market to maintain a database of the various soil types of farmers. “Based on the database, the traders can sell the right type of fertilizers and seeds to them,” Mr. Thavasamuthu said.

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