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Rwanda: Mobile soil testing lab to give data on soil-condition and required fertilizers


Rwanda: Mobile soil testing lab to give data on soil-condition and required fertilizers
The renowned Rwandan scientist and Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Gerardine Mukeshimana said that the equipment would help in carrying out soil analysis and fertility map of a pilot zone of 50,000 hectares. Image Credit: Pixabay

The government of Rwanda has planned to deploy a mobile soil testing equipment. The aim for this project is to offer accurate data on the state of soil and the fertilisers needed as it intensifies efforts to increase agricultural output.

According to The New Times, the project (named Caravan) is implemented through a joint venture between the Government of Rwanda and OCP group a Moroccan phosphates making firm. The renowned Rwandan scientist and Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Gerardine Mukeshimana said that the equipment would help in carrying out soil analysis and fertility map of a pilot zone of 50,000 hectares.

"We'll have them in this farming season A for 2019 (which will start in March). The aim of this initiative is to continue encouraging farmers to have their farmland tested, and show them the importance of this activity, Mukeshimana said. According to him, the partnership is among the immediate measures to improve research on soils.

"We have made trials on blends (blended fertilisers), which were intended to serve as samples for the fertilisers that the company's factory is expected to produce locally when it starts operations next year," the Minister added.

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