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JAMMU: To provide facility to the door step of farmers and to acquaint farmers of Raipur Jagir Block Marh, Department of Agriculture Production and Farmers Welfare, Jammu on Saturday organized an awareness camp on soil health management and conducted on spot analysis of soil samples through Hi- Tech Mobile Soil Testing Laboratory with the aim to tell farmers as how much fertilizer they should use in their fields.The camp was organized under the guidance of Director Agriculture Dr. K.K Sharma.A team of experts from District Soil Testing Laboratory, Jammu headed by its Assistant Soil Chemist Dr. Neeraj Rajwal along with Research Assistant Dr. R.P Koachar, Dr. Vaishali Bagal, Dr. Pranav Chadha from Soil Survey Wing of Department gave first hand information on chemical and physical analysis of field soil.Neeraj Rajwal made farmers aware about importance of soil testing and use of balanced dose of fertilizer for restoring soil fertility and sustainable crop production.Rajwal said it’san issue of serious concern that our productive land is deteriorating day by day and excessive use of chemical fertilizers over the years has been causing damage to the soil.In order to prevent our soil from all odds farmers need to get their Soil tested from Soil testing laboratory of the department and apply fertilizers strictly on soil health card recommendations.He said all these facilities are available free of cost for the farmers and farmers must come forward to avail these.He added that Agriculture land is shrinking day by day and on the other hand population in increasing, in order to meet up the food requirement of huge population we have to maintain soil productivity through all conservative measures and soil testing can play vital role in this regard.Speaking on the occasion Tajinder Singh, Member Kissan Advisory Board and a prominent farmer, emphasised the need for maintaining good soil health for better production and quality food. He appealed to the farmers to get their soil samples regularly analysed and accordingly use the required dose of fertilisers, based on the recommendations as per the soil test reports.He said it would help the farmers in increasing their crop productivity and accordingly improve their economic conditions.Suresh Sharma Panch, expressed his thanks to the Director Agriculture Dr. K.K Sharma and Team STL for ogranising such a informative program.The programme was witnessed with the presence of progressive farmers of the area.Later on the soil analysis results were distributed among the farmers in the shape of Soil Health Cards by the team.On the occasion Agriculture Extension Officer, Dr. Tirth Singh Bhalwal, JAEO Dr. Joginder Singh, Agriculture Extension Assistants Dr. Julie Raina, Dr. Vibhu Kapoor, Dr. Devinder Singh Jamwal, Dr. Rakesh Singh were also present.
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