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Skill Development Training Programme on Soil and Water Testing Lab Analyst completed successfully at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tarn Taran

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tarn Taran organized 240 hrs skill development training programme on ‘Soil and Water Testing Lab Analyst’ from 22.01.2020 to 20.02.2020 at its campus, Booh. This training programme was sponsored by Agriculture Skill Council of India, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India and Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), ATARI, Zone-I, Ludhiana. Training was provided to the 20 peoples. Theoretical knowledge and practical demonstrations on various aspects of soil and water testing were provided to the trainees for the purpose of developing skill and self entrepreneurship for economic upliftment. The training programme included 4 exposure visits to Citrus Estate Hoshiarpur; Soil Science Lab, PAU, Ludhiana; PAU Seed Farm, Usman, Tarn Taran and Organic Fest 2020 at Amritsar, where activities related to training course were carried out. The coordinator of the course Dr Anil Kumar, Assistant Professor (Soil Science) elaborated the course curriculum of soil and water testing lab analyst job role provided by ASCI. The training broadly covered estimation of soil physical properties (soil texture, bulk density, moisture estimation, water holding capacity, etc.), soil chemical properties (pH, EC, organic carbon, available macro and micronutrients in soil) and water quality parameters such as pH, EC, carbonates, bicarbonates, chlorides, calcium, magnesium, residual sodium carbonates, etc. in irrigation water. The trainees practically involved in estimation of different soil and water parameters. The preparation of soil health and water quality cards were learned by the trainees followed by interpretation of the results and finally recommendation based on soil and water test obtained to sustain soil and crop health. The trainess were also involved in calculation of fertilizer doses to supply nutrients in soil through different sources of fertilizer. The soil health management tips were provided to the trainees involving judicious use of organic (biofertilizers, FYM, crop residue, green manuring, etc.) and inorganic sources (fertilizers) of nutrients. Dr HK Verma, Director of Extension Education, GDAVASU, Ludhiana interacted with the trainees at Ludhiana during exposure visit and motivated them for creating awareness among farmers on soil and water testing after learning practical skills from this training. Dr Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director (T) of KVK focused on the importance of training programme and told that how this course would be helpful in developing or learning skills in the field of soil and water testing. During valedictory function at the end of the training course, Dr Anil Kumar proposed thanks to all the trainees, resource persons, KVK faculty & staff, ICAR-ATARI and one & all for their support and successful completion of said training programme.

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