LAHORE – Enterprise level GIS based system for soil and water analysis of 69 tehsils of Punjab has been developed by Soil Fertility Research Institute Lahore.

This was told to Agriculture Secretary Azmat Ali Ranjha during his visit to the Institute on Friday.

Soil Fertility Director told the Secretary that more than 13,000 samples of fertilizers had been analyzed by the Institute during past five years in fertilizer adulteration control campaign. He said more than 6.8 million samples of soils, water and fertilizers were analyzed by this institute since its inception. He added that 3.4 million soil whereas 302,488 water samples of farmers had also been analysed by this institute to provide them advisory services. The official said 59,098 field trials of grain crops, cash crops, fodders, oil seeds and fruits and vegetables were also conducted for research work.

Ranjha said that a project of Rs76.437 million for development of digitised profile for agriculture land in Punjab was being executed by Agriculture Department to develop spatial data base for soil-climate suitability for crops, vegetables and fruits in 114 targeted tehsils. He inaugurated website of Soil Fertility Research Institute where comprehensive GIS based information regarding soil and water analysis of 69 tehsils of Punjab had been made available for farmers/ stakeholders for improving soil fertility and productivity enhancement.

He said that farmers should make best use of facilities being provided by Punjab Government at tehsil level to enhance production.

He said that these facilities are being provided at nominal rates of Rs5 for water, Rs1 for soil and Rs100 for fertilizer analysis.

Later, Secretary Agriculture Punjab also visited Water Management Training Institute (WMTI) and Agriculture engineering workshop where he was briefed about drip and sprinkler irrigation models and laser land leveling units.