Integrated Crop Management involves nutrient management of crop through organic, biological and chemical sources in a calculated way where soil nutrient status is of basic importance.
VIB has developed a simplified, low cost, field based but authentic soil analysis method to provide soil testing facility to the large number of farmers.
This method demands its uniqueness as the soil samples are collected and analyses by the educated rural people having a competency based training in soil analysis. This practice can generate reasonable income among the rural youths.
With a realization that the loss of natural fertility of soil is due to excess and unregulated use of chemical fertilizers and so soil environment should be maintained properly for the proper functioning of biofertilizer, the service of soil testing must reach the grass root level.
For this purpose a model was developed here to provide soil testing services to the farmers at grass root level and enabled entrepreneurs to start their own business.
In addition to testing of N, P, K, pH, EC and OC, this centre also provides the assessment of micronutrients. Proper management of soil is an important issue in biofertilizer technology. With the development of societal method of soil testing, the institute could reach the farmers level with soil testing facility.
The VIB knowledge workers, trained rural youths, are involved in collection and analysis of soil samples.