Basharat, Altaf inaugurate Pesticide Testing Lab

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Srinagar—Minister for Horticulture Syed Basharat Bukhari and Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today inaugurated Pesticide Testing Laboratory at Directorate of Horticulture Kashmir.

Minister of State for Horticulture and Education, Priya Sethi and Vice Chairmen Horticulture Development Board Abdul Salam Reshi were also present on the occasion.

Built at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, the laboratory is equipped with three system technology which includes Gas Liquid Chromatography, Volumetric Analyses and Spectrophotometer. It was informed that currently twenty molecules are being tested in the laboratory.

Further, it was given out that to test rest of the molecules found in pesticides, laboratory required installation of High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Infrared Photo spectrometer.

Speaking on the occasion, Altaf Bukhari stressed for perspective planning for improving quality and production of Horticulture crops by integrated implementation of viable, eco-friendly, validated and refined technologies.

He stressed for conducting tests without compromising with quality of results and to maintain trust of farmer community to motivate them towards better farming practices.

The Ministers were informed that with advancement in technology, the Lab analyzes ten parameters to check out soil and plant health which include PH, EC, Organic Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Iron, Manganese and Copper and readings are uploaded on Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Government of India web portal, from where farmers can directly download Soil Health Card.

The Ministers were informed that the Soil and Leaf Testing Lab has conducted awareness cum live demonstration of soil sample collection technique in and across the State and in coming months all untapped areas will be covered.

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