Jammu Tawi, November 29
Department of Agriculture Jammu organized a two days orientation programme for Soil Testing Laboratories, the staff from different Districts of Jammu Division under centrally sponsored ATMA scheme which was inaugurated by Director Agriculture Jammu, A K Malhotra.
At the inaugural ceremony Director Agriculture Jammu asked the participants trainees to get full conversant with the Soil testing protocols and methodology and develop skill for handling of chemicals and sophisticated instruments like Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS), Flame Photometer, Spectrophotometer etc and online sample registration, analysis result entry, fertilizer recommendations and Soil health card generation on National portal for ensuring success of the mission. Speaking on the opening ceremony, he said that Department has targeted to provide Soil Health Cards to each farmer within three Years to enable them for balanced application of fertilizers and restroration of Soil Health.
Jitender Sharma Joint Director (Extension) also spoke on the occasion and said that soil testing as an important tool to stop degradation of the soils which is an important natural resource.
This Divisional level Training programme was organised by Agriculture Chemistry section, Directorate of Agriculture, Jammu headed by Anil Nargotra, Agriculture Chemist Jammu division.
Speaking on the occasion, Nargotra added that in order to achive targets well in time trained staff is required for each laboratory. He said that the major thrust of the programme was on Soil Sampling and Testing Protocols, methodology and on Soil Health NIC portal operation.
At the concluding ceremony A K Malhotra distributed certificates to the participants. The other dignitaries present on the occasion were C M Sharma, Deputy Director (Central), Bulesh Zutshi, Dy. Director Trainings, R L Bhagat, Chief Agriculture officer, Jammu were also present on the occasion.