Soil Museum to be Opened Today - The New Indian Express

Soil Museum to be Opened Today

Published: 01st January 2014 10:10 AM

Last Updated: 01st January 2014 10:10 AM

The inauguration of the Soil Museum, the first of its kind in the state, will be held here on Wednesday.

The museum which has been set up by the Department of Soil Survey and Soil Conservation at Parottukonam in the district will have on display soil monoliths (crosssection of soils up to 2 metre depth) of all the benchmarks soils identified in the state.

The museum has a collection of soil profiles featuring the different benchmark soils in each district.

The museum aims to provide information on soil resources of the state and also to understand the variation noticed in the soils across the state.

The museum will highlight the diversity of soil and mineral resources in the state and provide critical data inputs on soils for farmers which will help them to improve crop yield.

Having academic support facilities, the museum would also be of help to students and researchers in soil science.  

It would also function as a platform to create awareness of the need for soil conservation and watershed development.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the museum at 2 p m. Minister K P Mohanan will preside over the function.

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