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AP to take up soil mapping in all dists

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Hyderabad , Oct. 27

THE State Government, in association with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, will take up soil mapping of all districts in the State.

The State Government is also seeking financial assistance from FAO for the project, which is estimated to cost about Rs 30 crore, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Mr N. Raghuveera Reddy.

Inaugurating the 69th annual convention of Indian Society of Soil Science at Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University here on Wednesday, the Minister said that the State Government had already sent a team to the Netherlands to undergo training in different kinds of soil research activities and obtaining soil reference information. The soil mapping would be on a scale of 1: 25,000 metres.

Mr Reddy said that the State Government was also looking towards providing job opportunities for soil scientists through agri clinics. Andhra Pradesh has six major soil groups and the soil scientists would be entrusted with a research programme of exploring what crops were suitable to be grown in these soils. "Market-oriented research will be taken up even in the case of soils", he said.

The former President of International Society of Soil Science, Dr J.S. Kanwar, said that inter-linking of rivers could as well lead to improvement of the water table across the country. He suggested adoption of integrated soil and water management system.

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