BENGALURU: Before the end of 2017 all the farming lands in Karnataka will be tested by the government of Karnataka and a soil health card will be provided to all the farmers, assured Minister of Agriculture, Krishna Byre Gowda.Krishna Byre Gowda said, “The farmers are being provided with
Krishna Byre Gowda said, “The farmers are being provided with mulching sheet for rent from the government, due to the shortage of water. New greenhouse method is being used to grow fruits and vegetables, which yields more crops.”
Tablets with GPS application is being given to the officials who collect the soil sample. Once the GPS is activated the soil picture must be uploaded with the details. A unique number generates after the test, which will be used to name the soil sample. “Karnataka is the only state to have implemented it,” he added.
Rs 200 crores are being spent on this project by Government of Karnataka with aids from the Central Government. This facility will be completely free of cost. After the soil test, farmers would be provided with a result card as to what crop can be grown.
Farmer to farmer school, a program is being planned by the government which helps in bringing out the unique experience each farmer has. This program will make use of new technologies for dissemination of farm knowledge.