Agriculture department moots soil survey in state
April 21, 2013
PANAJI: The agriculture department has invited expressions of interest (EOIs) from recognized NGOs, cooperative societies, self help groups and farmers clubs to carry out a soil survey in the state.
The project called ‘the soil nutrient status of Goa: Major and micronutrients’, has been taken up under the central government’s Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.
“The collection of samples will be outsourced but the analysis will be done by the department at its own laboratory,” SSP Tendulkar, director of agriculture, said. If the work of analyzing the samples turns out to be massive, the department may also engage other agencies in it.
The soil analysis will enable the department to issue soil health cards to farmers all over the state. “We want to issue cards to farmers with details of nutrient content of the soil in their fields so that they know how much fertilizer to use,” Tendulkar added.
The agencies interested in carrying out the work of collecting soil samples will have to submit their proposals with relevant details to the agriculture department by May 5.
Goa’s food production has declined due to deficiency of micro-nutrients, especially zinc, heavy rainfall and some other factors, a study by experts and agriculturists has indicated.
The survey was done many years ago by national bureau of soil survey and land use planning, Nagpur, and at least 21% of soil in Goa is affected by shortfall of zinc and 5% of boron. The survey had identified 32 soils series with medium to high potential, especially Batim and Calangute for rice cultivation and medium production in Chapora, Gudi in Salcete and Carvem in Quepem. Source TIMES OF INDIA