To popularize the importance of soil test based fertilizer application for improved crop productivity among tribal farmers, a capacity building programme under the theme of “Soil test and target yield approach for increased crop productivity” was organized on 22nd October, 2018 under the aegis of ICAR-AICRP on Soil Test Crop Response.
The programme was organized at Gudivenaka Thanda, a small tribal hamlet of Ranga Reddy district, Telangana and the home of Lambadi tribe. The objective of the programme was to imbibe scientific knowledge among the farmers and the practical demonstration gave hands on training to the farmers. Sixty tribal farmers including twenty women farmers from Gudivenaka Thanda, Ranga Reddy district were participated in the event.
Dr. Pradip Dey, Project Coordinator (STCR) explained the soil health card scheme and targeted yield approach for improving crop productivity and maintaining soil health. He also distributed the seed to the farmers under STC (erstwhile TSP) programme to the tribal farmers.
Dr. A. Madhavi, Centre-in-Charge of STCR at PJTSAU, Hyderabad stressed on the importance of soil testing and STCR based nutrient management.
A scientist farmer interaction was the major highlight of the programme and the scientists explained the queries raised by the farmers. Besides various facets of soil testing and soil health, the farmers were provided hands on training on collection of soil samples.
(Source: AICRP (STCR), ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal)