GIS to help farmers with soil fertility

GIS to help farmers with soil fertility

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New Delhi, India, October 18, 2007: Farmers will be able to avail themselves of information about soil fertility at their district and block headquarters that would also help the Department of Fertilisers to prepare and monitor equitable distribution of fertilizers and micro-nutrients.

A methodology for preparation of district level digitized soil fertility map has been standardized, which was one of the thrust areas identified for research by the government, Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) Assistant Director General (Natural Resource Management) P D Sharma.

The Natural Resource Management (NRM) team focuses on inventorization, characterization and monitoring of natural resources using modern tools and techniques and development of sustainable land use plans for different agro-ecological sub-regions in the country. The Indian Institute of Soil Sciences (IISS) at Bhopal has undertaken the work for developing the digitized soil fertility map using global information system (GIS) and global positioning system (GPS), Sharma said.

The GIS will help identify the soil layers and integrate data while the GPS will help in identification of resources. Importantly, it will help farmers in preparation of soil and decide about the seeds and use of fertilisers and micronutrients for a higher yield, he said.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the Department of Fertilisers has firmed up plans to upgrade its infrastructure for effective online monitoring of fertilizers movement till block level, following the finalization of draft to increase freight subsidy.