Panaji, India: The agriculture department of Goa state government in India will undertake soil mapping in Sattari and Quepem region. “We will do this project on a pilot basis, one in North and another in South Goa to assess the status of soil nutrients, water, type of soil and other aspects,” said, S P Tendulkar, Agriculture Director, Goa.
A central government agency had carried out a soil study in the late nineties, but it is related to physical characteristics of the soil. “We are trying to go to the micro level through this project and help farmers,” Tendulkar said.
The project is in the process of being finalised. “It will take some time to draw up all the details, finalise tender formalities and entrust it to some agency,” he added.
The study is expected to cover nutrient status, flood prone areas, the depth of the soil and land use details. “It will help farmers to decide the type of crops to be grown,” Tendulkar said. The work has to be outsourced to some agency as it requires technical inputs. “The satellite data has to be taken and related to the ground level with digital maps,” he said.
Agriculture minister Vishwajeet Rane said the project will be implemented under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and that an amount of INR 3 crore will be sanctioned by the central government.
Source: Times of India