KVK has well established Soil and Water Testing laboratory, Plant Health Clinic and Seed Processing Unit for supply of quality seed material to the farmers.

A. Soil and Water Testing laboratory

Indiscriminate use of water by farmers over a period has lead to ill effects on soil health and plant growth especially in irrigation command areas. The low lying areas of farmers are facing the problems of water logging due to seepage from canals located in higher elevation from the cultivated fields. Further, imbalanced and excess use of fertilizers as per farmer’s wish, the problem has further aggravated in areas where the natural rain is scarce and erratic. Therefore, there was an urgent need for establishment of Soil Testing Laboratory (STL) to undertake the soil analysis to know the soil fertility constraints and to promote balanced plant nutrition. With this background, the soil testing laboratory was established at KVK at a cost of Rupees One Crore with a financial assistance of Rs.75.00 lakhs from National Mission for Sustainable Agency (NMSA), Government of India and assistance of Rs. 25.00 lakhs from host organization (KLE Society, Belagavi).

(a) Objectives

           To assess the soil fertility status and recommend suitable and the economic nutrient doses through chemical fertilizers and organic manure for different crops and cropping systems.

 

(b) Salient achievements

B. Plant Health Clinic

        The production of fruits, vegetables and other horticultural products under protected cultivation can overcome major constraints such as pests and diseases and biotic stresses and can be managed appropriately. The Krishi Vigyan Kendra identified specific pest and diseases problem in major crops of Belagavi district and special emphasis on integrated pest management was given thrust to minimize the cost of plant protection as well as to minimize/eliminate the pest incidence. Similarly, an integration of different pest management methods is provided as a permanent solution against various pests. For development of model IPM Villages, the KVK selected farmers to adopt IPM in the crop production.

            It is most essential to establish the Plant Health Clinic units to reduce the losses and quality of horticulture crops like vegetables and fruits which can help to get remunerative returns to the farming community at large.

            With this background, National Horticulture Mission has sanctioned a project entitled ‘Plant Health Clinic with the outlay of Rs. 25,00,000 (Rupees twenty five lakh) only.

(a) Objectives

 (b) Salient achievements