HP to launch soil testing, seed treatment campaign from October 17

Shimla/October 13 (NG News)
Himachal government would launch a special campaign from October 17-31, 2014 for seed treatment and soil testing throughout the state in order to make the crops free from disease and insect-pest infestation and encouraging soil health management.

An Agriculture Department official said that during the campaign 25,000 soil samples would be tested and 50,000 quintals treated seed of Rabi crops would be distributed among farmers.

He said that seed testing campaign would be run on the analogy of National Immunization and Pulse Polio campaigns and the objective of this campaign shall be to get rid-off seeds of all crops infested with seed borne and soil borne diseases and insect pests.

He said that demonstration were being arranged in farmer’s field for seed treatment techniques/method to show the visual effects to the farmers and farmers also being provided with treated seed of crops. In order to ensure the quality of agriculture inputs, 600 seed samples would draw and tested at seed testing laboratories at Solan, Palampur and Mandi and in addition to this 1000 fertilizer samples, 150 insecticide samples would be drawn and got tested, he added.

He said that the Agriculture Department has established 11 soil testing labs and has also deployed for mobile soil testing vans for the benefit of farmers. He said that all types of chemical fertilizers, vermi compost, green manures and organic manures would be used in combined way to maintained soil fertility. During current Rabi season 28,000 tonnes fertilizer nutrients, 100 quintals bio-fertilizer were being distributed among farmers and assistance of Rs. 5000 was being given for the construction of vermi compost unit, he added.