SOIL HEALTH CENTRES:

  Department of Agriculture maintains 19 Soil Health Centres, three mobile Soil Health Centres and one Micro Nutrient Laboratory in the State. Micro Nutrient analysis is also done in seven Soil Health Centres other than the State Micro Nutrient Laboratory. The main objective of Soil Health Centres is to maintain the soil health by analysing nutrient status of the soils and to give suggestions on the quantities of major nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium to be applied to the soils. Micro Nutrient analysis is also important to know the status of Manganese, Boron, Zinc, Iron etc., present in the soil and accordingly suggest supplimental application for better plant growth. Mobile soil health centres go to the villages with all the lab. facilities and analyse  soils at the door-steps of  farmers.

The details of Soil Health Centres(SHC) in the State are given below:

Sl. No.

Soil Health Centre

Location

Micro Nutrient analysis facility

1.

SHC,Bangalore Rural and Bangalore Urban

Commissionerate of Agriculture, Bangalore.  

2.

SHC, Kolar

Kolar

 

3.

SHC, Tumkur

Tumkur

 

4.

SHC, Mandya

Mandya

Yes

5.

SHC, Mysore & Chamarajanagar

Nanjangud

Yes

6.

SHC, Kodagu

Kudige, Somwarpet Taluk

 

7.

SHC, Hassan

Hassan

 

8 .

SHC, Chickmagalur

Chickmgalur

 

9.

SHC, Shimoga

Shimoga

Yes

10.

SHC, Chitradurga & Davanagere

Davanagere

 

11.

SHC, Dakshina Kannada & Udupi

Mangalore

 

12.

SHC, Uttara kannada

Sirsi

 

13.

SHC, Dharwar, Haveri & Gadag

Gadag

 

14.

SHC, Belgaum

Gokak

Yes

15.

SHC, Bijapur & Bagalkote

Jamkhandi

Yes

16.

SHC, Gulbarga

Kotnoor(Gulbarga)

Yes

17.

SHC, Bidar

Bhalki

 

18.

SHC, Raichur & Koppal

Dhadesugur (Sindhanur taluk)

 

19.

SHC, Bellary

Bellary

Yes

20.

Mobile Soil Health Centre, Dharwar

Dharwar

 

21.

Mobile Soil Health Centre, Nanjangudu

Nanjangudu

 

22.

Mobile Soil Health Centre, Gulbarga

Kotnoor

 

23.

Micro Nutrient Laboratory, (State level),Bangalore

Bangalore

Yes

In addition, water analysis for assessing its suitability for irragation is also under tajen at all the soil health centres. Soil and Water analysis is done free off cost except fpr Micro-nutrients which will be charged at Rs.5 per sample. The Department is also providing fertility cards to farmers for their use in fertiliser mamagment.

FERTILISER CONTROL LABORATORIES

There are four Fertiliser Control Laboratories in the State. The main objective of these laboratories is to maintain the quality of the fertilisers supplied to   farmers by manufacturers / dealers. Fertiliser samples are drawn by fertiliser inspectors under the Fertiliser Control Order and are analysed by fertiliser control laboratories. The details of samples which do not meet the required quality standards are intimated to the fertiliser inspectors by the laboratories for taking further necessary legal action against the concerned dealers/manufacturers.

The details of the fertiliser control laboratories are given below:-

Sl.No.

Laboratory

Location

District

1.

Fertiliser Control laboratory

Commissionerate of Agriculture, Bangalore.

Bangalore

2.

Fertiliser Control laboratory

Dharwar

Dharwar

3.

Fertiliser Control laboratory

Belthangady

Dakshina Kannada

4.

Fertiliser Control laboratory

Gangavathi

Koppal

Farmers can also send the samples of fertlisers on their own to any of the laboratories mentioned above for analysis by paying Rs.25 per sample.However, the results can be used by farmers for information sake and  can not be used for legal purposes.

BIO FERTILISER LABORATORIES

Bio Fertiliser can be used in Agriculture as a supplement to the chemical fertilisers. Though they cannot be manufactured in huge quantities, the available bio fertilisers improve the soil structure beside supplying plant nutrients. Department of Agriculture maintains three bio fertiliser laboratories in the State to produce bio fertilisers like Rhizobium, Azola, Blue green algae, Azatobacter, Azospiryllum etc., These bio fertilisers are supplied to farmers at subsidised rates.

The details of bio fertiliser laboratories in the State are given below:-

Sl.No.

Laboratory

Location

District

1.

Bio fertiliser laboratory

Hebbal

Bangalore (Urban)

2.

Bio fertiliser laboratory

Dharwar

Dharwar

3.

Bio fertiliser laboratory

Kotnoor

Gulbarga

 

BIO CONTROL LABORATORIES

Department of Agriculture runs four Bio control laboratories in the State. The main objective of these laboratories is to control some of the important pests of Sugarcane and other crops by using natural predators to control the pests instead of using chemicals. Bio control methods are useful in reducing the plant protection cost and also to eliminate environmental pollution. Sugarcane stem borer is controlled by a parasite viz., Trichogramma sp from past several decades. Other Bio-control agents like NPV,Crysoperra etc. are used.The new bio control laboratory located in Gulbarga will under take production of some of these parasites and predators. Parasites  produced in bio control laboratories or supplied to farmers at subsidised rates.

The details of the bio control laboratores in the State are given below:-

Sl.No

Laboratory

Location

District

1.

State bio control laboratory

Gulbarga

Gulbarga

2.

Bio control laboratory

Mandya

Mandya

3.

Bio control laboratory

Bailahongal

Belgaum

4.

Bio control laboratory

Gangavathi

Koppal

At present Departmental labs produced trichogramma chilinis sufficient to meet a demand of 4300 hectares of sugarcane and other crops.

INSECTICIDE CONTROL LABORATORIES

There are five Insecticide control laboratories in the State. The main objective of these laboratories is to check the quality of insecticides supplied to the farmers by dealers/manufacturers. Insecticide Inspectors, appointed by Government of India in accordance with Insecticide Act, draw Insecticide samples and these samples are analysed in Insecticide Control Laboratories to know whether they meet the required standards or not. Details of samples which do not meet the required standards are made known to  Insecticide Inspectors for taking further legal action against the concerned dealers/manufacturers.

Details of Insecticide control laboratories in the State are given below:

Sl.No.

Laboratory

Location

District

1. 

Insecticide control laboratory

Commissionerate of Agriculture Bangalore

Bangalore

2.

Insecticide control laboratory

Dharwar

Dharwar

3.

Insecticide control laboratory

Bellary

Bellary

4.

Insecticide control laboratory

Shimoga

Shimoga

5.

Insecticide control laboratory

Kotnoor

Gulbarga

 Under Insecticide Act 1968 & Rules 1971, there is provision for analysing farmers samples at free of cost. Hence interested farmers may send samples of insectsides on their own to any one of the laboratory mentioned above for ascertaining the quality. However, the analysis report can not be used for legal matters.

SEED TESTING LABORATORIES

Department of Agriculture maintains four notified Seed Testing laboratories in the State. The main objective of these Seed Testing laboratories is to analyse seed samples in accordance with Seeds Act 1966, and to check the quality of seeds. Seed samples drawn by Seed Inspectors analysed for their purity, germination percentage etc., and details of seed samples which do not meet the required standards are made known to Seed Inspectors to take further legal action against the dealer and seed producer.

Details of Seed Testing Laboratories (STL)in the State are given below:-

Sl.No.

Seed Testing Laboratory

Taluk and District

1.

STL, Hebbal

Bangalore

2.

STL, Dharwar

Dharwar

3.

STL, Gangavathi

Gangavathi, Koppal

4.

STL, Davanagere

Davangere

Apart from the above laboratories, the Department of Horticulture is having one seed testing laboratory at Lalbagh, Bangalore and Karnataka State Seed Certification Agency is having two laboratories at Bangalore and Dharwad.

    During 1999-2000, the numbe of seed samples analysed by these four laboratories was 25632 comprising 6050 Act samples and 19582 service samples. Apart from this 2978 charged samples (@ Rs.25 per seed sample)were also analysed.

    It is programmed to analyes 33600 seed samples during 2000-2001, consisting of  8100 Act samples and 25500 Service samples. If any one on his own wants to gets seed sample analysed, it will be grouped under charged samples, which is in addition to Act and Service samples.

 

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