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M S Swaminathan Research Foundation inducted the Mobile Soil and Water Testing Laboratory in Tamil Nadu on August 7, 2007. The Mobile Soil & Water Testing Laboratory is intended to travel to villages in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry States to conduct tests in the village itself and provide the Soil Health Cards along with the fertilizer advisories for the proposed crop/s to the farmers in a meeting. The Agriculture expert explains the importance of soil and water testing and the exact dose of fertilizers to the crops for maintaining the soil nutritional status and to reduce the input cost to maximize the income from agriculture.
The Mobile Soil & Water Testing Laboratory has facilities for testing the pH, Electrical Conductivity, Calorimeter & Flame photometer (for testing Macro-nutrients) and Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS for testing Micro-nutrients) of the soil and Cation and Anion in irrigation water. The Van also has Computer and LCD Projector for showing film and video-shows to the rural people and a mike and speaker system for addressing the village community.
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