Pakistan: Soil Fertility Research Institute Lahore has developed a GIS-based system for soil and water analysis of 69 tehsils of Punjab, said Agriculture Secretary Azmat Ali Ranjha.
Soil Fertility Director told the Secretary that more than 13,000 samples of fertilisers had been analysed by the Institute during past five years in fertiliser adulteration control campaign. He said more than 6.8 million samples of soils, water and fertilisers were analysed by this institute since its inception. He added that 3.4 million soil whereas 302,488 water samples of farmers had also been analysed by this institute to provide them advisory services. The official said 59,098 field trials of grain crops, cash crops, fodders, oil seeds and fruits and vegetables were also conducted for research work.
Ranjha said that a project of Rs 76.437 million for development of digitised profile for agriculture land in Punjab was being executed by Agriculture Department to develop spatial data base for soil-climate suitability for crops, vegetables and fruits in 114 targeted tehsils. He inaugurated website of Soil Fertility Research Institute where comprehensive GIS-based information regarding soil and water analysis of 69 tehsils of Punjab had been made available for farmers/ stakeholders for improving soil fertility and productivity enhancement.
He said that farmers should make best use of facilities being provided by Punjab Government at tehsil level to enhance production.
He said that these facilities are being provided at nominal rates of Rs 5 for water, Rs 1 for soil and Rs 100 for fertiliser analysis.