Productivity has to be increased to make farming profitable in a scenario where the costs of living and agriculture are going up, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday.
Chandy was speaking after inaugurating the state’s first Soil Museum - at the Central Soil Analytical Laboratory, Parottukonam - and a biogas plant scheme for schools.
‘’We can take farming forward only in a scientific manner as the costs of agriculture and living are going up. Understanding the advantages of each soil type and the requirements for conserving each are also essential for scientific farming,’’ he said.
He also urged farmers, researchers and students to make full use of the museum which has on display monoliths of 82 benchmark soil profiles found in the state apart from rock and mineral samples, and the eight general soil orders found in the state. In all, 3825 schools across the state will get biogas plants under the biogas plant scheme promoted by the Education and Agriculture Departments.
The Chief Minister called it a model project and said it would help in managing wastes.
Agriculture Minister K P Mohanan, who presided over the function, said decentralised waste management is the only solution to the garbage question.
Finance Minister K M Mani stressed the need for promoting soil mapping and generating awareness about soil types among the public.
M A Vahid MLA, District Panchayat president Ansajitha Russell, Corporation opposition leader Johnson Joseph, Agriculture Secretary K R Jyothilal and Soil Survey director P N Premachandran were present.