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Tral farmers demand soil testing laboratory

Greater Kashmir 2017-12-06 01:43:19

As the whole area is without any proper facility for soil examination, the department collects soils samples for tests and makes the farmers to wait for months for the results putting them to lot of inconvenience.

Despite Agriculture Department celebrated ‘World Soil Day’ today across Kashmir, more than 25,000 farmers of Tral subdivision are without a soil testing laboratory facility. 

As the whole area is without any proper facility for soil examination, the department collects soils samples for tests and makes the farmers to wait for months for the results putting them to lot of inconvenience. 


“The department collects soil samples from both irrigated as well as unirrigated grids. The soil testing results do not come quickly and take nearly four months due to overload on the single soil testing laboratory of the district Pulwama,” a farmer from Awantipora, Shabir Ahmad said.  

Some farmers even complained that concerned authorities have failed to issue soil health cards to them.  “There is no move from the government either to provide soil testing lab for our area or to provide us the soil health cards,” said AshiqHussain, a farmer. “I have many acres of land but I never received soil testing card due to which I never tested the soil.”

Director Agriculture, Kashmir, AltafAijazAndrabi told Greater Kashmir that over the years the department has increased the number of soil testing laboratories in Kashmir. “We are looking to provide more labs for farmers at various blocks. Tral is one of a block where one testing laboratory may be established as soon as it becomes possible,” he said.