We have a system that we have trained to be a plant doctor capable of allowing the farmer to qualitatively know which specific mineral nutrient is missing, which disease is afflicting his crop and it can also be used to detect soil pH. Whether acidic or not.
We want to put the system online but it requires our own and personal server, a thing we are working on. So if we got the kind of server we intend to get, thousands if not millions of farmers will benefit from our system, especially the inexperienced farmers. Imagine knowing what kind of disease is afflicting say your tomatoes and getting suggestions on the best solutions there are!
You won't need an app installation. You chrome or firefox or whatever browser will do just fine. It will be able to carry out diagnosis on both saved pictures and those taken by the camera for those with smart phones.
Consequently, the system will be able to map the mineral nutrient distribution in your garden. Su... Read more
This is a kind of reminder, tomorrow there is a workshop that aims to set up a stakeholder platform for soil fertility in Rwanda. Are you a stakeholder working on soil fertility management in Rwanda? You don't have to miss this please! The workshop will take place on tomorrow , September 11th, 2018 at Lemigo Hotel.
If you need more information, you can contact Pascal Murasira on firstname.lastname@example.org
The issue: Soil fertility.
Our view: A policy on soil, if passed and implemented, would benefit both the farmers who want high yields, and would ensure that Uganda remains the land that feeds us.
On Wednesday, the ministry of Agriculture rang an alarm bell regarding the fertility of Uganda’s arable land. Findings showed that 21 percent of Uganda’s arable land is infertile. This means that the soil on this land cannot support plant growth.
Read full article here to find out the worrying reasons based on the findings
Land degradation can either be a natural or man-made process which impairs the capacity of the land to function. Soils are affected in the process when acidification, sedimentation, contamination and erosion, occurs.
Land degradation lowers the soil fertility status due to the removal of change in the chemical and physical properties in the top soil and organic matter. The situation in Uganda indicates that soil degradation is on the increase coupled with farmers over tilling the land minus replenishing it to cause fertility.
As such there is concerted effort by different players including NARO, Ministry of agriculture and AgriProFocus Uganda network under an initiative Soil Cares aiming to bring on board farmers in a bid to improve their soil fertility.
In a recent stakeholders meeting in Kampala by AgriProFocus to discuss the way forward on how to help farmers adopt practices to improve on their soil fertility, Seeds of Gold caught... Read more
With the high-end soil testing technology now in Uganda, small holder farmers can now test their soils before planting their crops to enhance productivity. The SoilCares scanner provides on-the-spot soil analysis and fertiliser recommendations.
Farmers cannot only find out the minerals lacking in their soils, but they can also know specific fertilisers to use in boosting soil fertility. The SoilCares scanner is a portable device that uses near-infrared technology and a connection to SoilCare global soil database to accurately determine the soil's properties.
It measures the amount of Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), and Potassium (K) and electric conductivity in the soil and determines the tempearture, PH and organic matter level. It is an initiative by AgriProFocus Uganda, a network consisting of multiple stakeholders dedicated to support farmers in achieving their objective in commercial farming. They are teaming up with Holland Greentech, a... Read more
In this short video soil care experts explain how enhancing the knowledge and raising awareness about challenges and potentials of soil management and soil testing can be solutions for increasing productivity of the soils.
A collaborative meeting organised by AgriProFocus network Uganda and SoilCares to further look into various aspects of the soil such as soil management and soil fertility, soil testing awareness, smarter cultivation systems of a larger diversity of crops, smarter grazing by cattle, and manure as a nutrient.
Follow this link to see the video on YouTube
SOIL FERTILITY AND PH TEST
One of the challenges faced by the average farmer is ease of access to info about soil pH, soil fertility and disease incidence in his garden.
For so many, you must have come across say a maize garden having some patches with healthy tall maize and others with stunted looking maize. This is attributable to variations in mineral nutrient distribution.
The good news is that we've built an artificial intelligence capable of diagnosing the actual deficient nutrient.
This allows the farmer avoid blanket fertilizer application that carries with it the risk of soil degradation in the long term but allows the farmer to farm smart and precisely.
You don't require installation of any other new app. Just use you email or messenger or whatsapp and send us close pictures as this one below.
The image has symptoms of manganese and aluminium toxicity due to an acidic soil pH.
Here is an important link to more info.
Using our system, we're helping farmer's save a... Read more
Interest in soil fertility issues has recently become a topic of interest, leading to several declarations that emphasize the importance of soil quality for sustainable development. However, despite these actions, soil nutrient depletion is continuing and sometimes worsening in Uganda. Unlike other forms of environmental degradation, declining soil fertility is often invisible and, when it does become visible through cascading effects, it is often too late. Restoration is then only possible at very high cost.
This is why immediate action is needed as it is crucial to preserve this ‘pantry’ storage function of the soil. This is why AgriProFocus network Uganda in collaboration with SoilCare... Read more
All things considered, the entire biobased & circular economy starts with the soil, which provides the biomass that will form the basis for a post-fossil economy. It is therefore essential to keep the soil ‘in shape’; it is a storage cupboard that can only deliver what it contains and needs to be refilled at set times. Peter Kuikman recognises this analogy and takes it one step further: “The soil is in fact a finite, fossil station that provides nutrients for plant growth. If we do nothing, it will eventually run out,” says the soil specialist from Wageningen Environmental Research. And this also applies to the physical aspects, such as the sponge effect and water retention capacity. “Not only do we have to preserve the contents of the pantry, we also have to respect its construction by cleaning the cupbo... Read more
The alarming soil fertility degradation is reason why the AgriProFocus Uganda Network in Collaboration with SoilCares have organised a half day consultative meeting to explore the possibility of establishing a soil care community of practice. The invitational consultative meeting on a Soil Care community of practice 2018 focuses on sharing expert knowledge, experiences and technological solutions related to soil fertility management in Uganda. The meeting will take place on July 6th.
Uganda is blessed with a wide diversity of natural resources: soil, climate, water and vegetation, enabling it to grow a large number of adapted crops. However, most soils in Uganda are older tha... Read more
The AgriProFocus Uganda Network in Collaboration with SoilCares have organised a half day consultative meeting to explore the possibility of establishing a community of practice.
The consultative meeting on a Soil Care community of practice 2018 focuses on sharing expert knowledge, experiences and technological solutions related to soil fertility management in Uganda. The meeting takes place on July 6th in Kampala.
The community of practice would further look into what is needed to tackle the soil challenges efficiently and effectively. The consultations will provide an overview of the soil fertility situation in Uganda from NARO.
SoilCares will make a presentation about their experience in Uganda with their latest technology that was launched in Uganda during the February harvest money expo. The presentation will offer constructive feedback on issues about the practicability of the technology and how best it can play its role... Read more
Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
Event Date: 11th – 15th June 2018
Given the escalating population growth, intensified cropping, widespread land degradation and shrinking agricultural land, sustaining agricultural production through improved soil management is critical to the issue of food security and poverty alleviation in developing countries.
Limited availability of additional land for crop production along with declining yield growth for major food crops have heightened concerns about agriculture's ability to feed the world population. Much currently cultivated land is being lost through soil erosion, nutrient depletion, desertification, deforestation, and salinization or overgrazing. As agricultural areas become even more crowded, arable land is likely to come under increasing pressure. This also sets... Read more
A fertiliser recommendation serves to provide the land-user, who is most often a farmer, with advice on how best to manage the fertility, i.e. the productive capacity, of his or her land. Putting it like this, it seems like a remarkably simple exercise. Then why is there so much fuss about it? After nearly 20 years of research in soil fertility and nutrient management I came to some conclusions...
The key is in the application of the fertilisers, not in the fertilisers themselves
Let’s first get into the fuss... fertiliser recommendations typically address mineral fertilisers that is those fertilisers that originate from mines (P and K) or from air (N). There are some terrible stories of what can happen when mineral fertilisers are used in the wrong way…
In 2015 the report ‘A Soiled Reputation’ on the adverse impact of mineral fertilisers in (tropical) agriculture was published. It fueled the (sometimes fierce
This quarter AgriProFocus facilitated two sustainable value chain workshops in Ethiopia: one on mapping soil fertility value chains for the Fertile Grounds Initiative held in Ziway, and one on mapping tree seedling value chains for GiZ at Menagasha. Members of the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform had the opportunity to participate in both workshops.
The interactive value chain mapping technique described in the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chains Toolkits was used in both instances; workshop participants were supported to identify social, economic and environmental constraints and opportunities to the core and extended value chain of specific agricultural products (highland tree seedlings, lowland tree seedlings, compost, biochar, vermicompost, biofertilizer, and green manure seed).
Feedback from the tree seedling value chain workshop was very positive, feedback from the soil fertility works... Read more
Enhancing the knowledge and raising awareness about uses, challenges and potentials of organic nutrient sources was among the core objectives of a regional workshop by the Fertile Ground Initiative and CIAT held in Nairobi 12-13 September 2016.
The workshop “Compost for Sustainable Agriculture – facts, myths, potentials and business opportunities” addressed quality and quantity issues linked to the use of such resources, and how and if they can make existing farming systems more sustainable. It discussed the quality of compost samples that were gathered and analyzed beforehand; and discussed several existing and possible business models for resource recovery. More than 50 participants from different sectors including research, NGO’s, governmental organizations, private sector (mostly from the composting sector), networks and platforms with differe... Read more
"The third Global Soil Week convened in Berlin, Germany, from 19-23 April 2015 was on the theme “Soil. The Substance of Transformation.”. It brought together 600 scientists, policy makers and practitioners from 80 countries." This website now has recap reports and highlights posted.
It also provides good background documents if you want to know more about why we should "Better Save Soils" to speak with their attractive slogan. For example, you can download a very nice looking and informative SOIL ATLAS.
See here an example of the pages on organic farming, coming from the soil atlas: