Soil is our major natural resource because most of our food, clothing and other necessities of life come directly or indirectly from it. It is obvious and no one can deny, thing loses its power with excessive and continuous use. There is a little land suitable for cultivation in our country. One of the greatest challenges is to supply sufficient food for the rapid growing population of our country production per unit area. Intensive cropping system and high yielding varieties have depleted soil from its nutrients and crop yield is declining day by day. Fertilizers offer best means of increasing yield and maintaining soil fertility at the sufficient high level to ensure that good yield can be obtained consistently year after year. Soil testing is a more rapid and simple way to evaluate the fertility status and optimum requirement of fertilizers for good yield and to identify the specific soil problems which may be eradicated through cultural practices or by the addition of soil amendments. Keeping in view this point Government of the Punjab established Soil and Water Testing Laboratories in all the Districts of Punjab. Soil samples are collected from farmer’s field on their request and analysed for physical and chemical characteristics in laboratory at nominal fee. The farmers are advised to improve the soil fertility on the basis of analysis report and to get high yield by applying recommended doses of fertilizers. In Toba Tek Singh similar advisory services are being rendered by the analysis of soil and water samples.
To provide soil and water testing for rapid and simple way to evaluate the fertility status and optimum requirement of fertilizers for good yield and to identify the specific soil problems which may be eradicated through cultural practices or by the addition of soil amendments.
- To suggest measures through soil testing advisory services for the improvement of soil fertility using suitable fertilizers and avoiding extra expenditure.
- To evaluate the fertility status and other physiochemical characteristics of different soils.
- To control the salinity / sodicity menace where over it hinders the good crop production.
- To analyse the sub soil water for the suitability for irrigation purpose.
- To evaluate the fertility status of different soils.
- To render the facilities for each farmers for the analysis of his soil on nominal rates.
- To diagnose the soil problem and advise the farmers for its reclamation through suitable amendments.
- Site specific fertilizer/amendments recommendations.
- Reclamation of problem soils.
- Monitoring quality inputs.
- Improving (FUE) and Productivity through (IPNS).
- Accessing water quality and nutrient status for advisory services to farmers.
Anti-adulteration Campaign under Fertilizer Control Order, 1973
Only carried out by the Divisional Laboratories
Address: Soil & Water Testing Laboratory, Jhang Road Toba Tek Singh