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Minilab checks soil health

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The News Bureau, Feb 19

ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, a research institute under the Natural Resource Management Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), has developed Mridaparikshak – a minilab that can determine soil health.

The minilab was presented by Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh at the annual general meeting of ICAR on February 18. It provides crop and soil specific fertilizer recommendations directl

to farmer’s mobile through SMS.

Minilab is an outcome of the initiative of ICAR and the concerted efforts by scientists of ICAR-IISS, Bhopal in collaboration with Nagarjuna Agrochemicals Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad for a quick, portable, scientific, and economical system of determining soil health.

Mridaparikshak is a digital mobile quantitative minilab/soil test kit to provide soil testing service at farmers’ doorsteps.  It determines the important soil parameters i.e. soil pH, EC, organic carbon, available nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and micronutrients like zinc, boron and iron.

It is highly compatible with soil health card. Mridaparikshak comes with soil sampling tools, GPS, balance, shaker, hot plate, and a Smart Soil Pro, an instrument for determining the soil parameters and displaying of fertilizer nutrient recommendations. It can be operated by young farmers with short training. 

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