The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammed Abubakar has commissioned soil testing and Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratories in Abuja.
This is exactly as the minister said the country needs a detailed soil survey and soil fertility maps to fully understand the best ways to assess the potential of the country’s soils for agricultural production.
The minister said this would end the indiscriminate application of fertilizers and ensure sustainable land use.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Dr Abubakar said the soil resources on which agriculture depends must also be given special attention for sustainable agricultural production.
He reiterated the federal government’s commitment to diversification of the national economy centered on agriculture.
The Minister noted that the facilities commissioned have the capacity to quickly analyze large quantities of soil samples.
He explained that the lab also has the capability to receive real-time ground field data for processing, analysis and mapping.
Dr Abubakar said GIS technology, with its versatility, will facilitate the production of soil fertility maps for different parts of the country.
“This will provide current information on the suitability and capacity of land for the production of different crops and land use.
“The maps will provide information on crop- and location-specific types of fertilizers to be blended by our blenders to improve agricultural productivity and stop indiscriminate fertilizer application in the country.
“This is another bold step towards sustainable food production using modern technology with attention to the health of our soils.”
Furthermore, he added that the ministry is now able to provide technology driven services for effective management of land resources nationwide.
He said the federal government is committed to a diversification of the national economy centered on agriculture.
“This is another bold step towards sustainable food production using modern technology with attention to the health of our soils.
In his address, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, said the laboratories should expand soil testing services in the country and bring soil testing services closer to our farming communities.
He said: “In our drive to achieve food self-sufficiency, the facilities we are commissioning today should make a substantial contribution to driving the process, because soil is the starting point when we talk about safety. food.
He added that the soil analysis and GIS laboratories commissioned will facilitate the production of a national soil survey and soil fertility maps for the country.
“We hope to complete the project in three years, subject to the availability of resources.
“The Nigeria Soil Information Service (NISIS) will be established upon completion of the detailed survey of soils nationwide.
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