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
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
Do you test your soil before planting?
Is the crop you’re planting perfectly suited to the quality of soils in your field?
And did you know that it is important to understand the nature and quality of the soils before planting?
If your responses to the aforementioned questions are in affirmative then you are doing the right thing! But if your answers are in negatives then you need to change and you need to do it quickly. This is because good soils make fine gardens and the quality of soil determines the yields a farmer gets, as long as all other factors remain constant.
Importantly perhaps, after more than 500 million years of working the land, a cross-section of scientists now believe that Uganda’s fields have already entered the final stages of weathering.
This means that the soils fertility of the land is not the same anymore. The situation has been worsened by bad farming practices, swamp degr... 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
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
Holland Greentech (HGT) a supplier of inputs and technical support for the high-quality horticulture sector, introduces SoilCares real time soil testing in Uganda. The soil tests will be performed with a Soil Scanner developed by SoilCares, a developer of innovative precision farming technology for soil, feed and leaf analysis. The SoilCares Scanner will be added to the full package of agricultural services that Holland Greentech offers for the horticulture business. The package was shown on the Harvest Money Expo in Kampala from 16 to 18 February.
How does real time soil testing work?
The Scanner in combination with apps on a smartphone enables advisors to test pH level and soil fertility levels (NPK) and receive practical recommendations on lime and nutrients within 10 minutes.
How does SoilCares technology work?
The sensor technology developed by SoilCares uses infrared technology in combination with a globa... Read more
The importance of soil fertility for agriculture was one of the first realizations that hit farmers at the start of the Agricultural revolution back in the 18th century. Slowly, they realized that good quality soil is essential for high yield, and sufficient production to sustain families, villages, and entire societies.
The difference between types of soils, and variation in soil properties became apparent- soil moisture, soil texture and of course soil chemistry determined what crops can grow in particular regions, and how much yield the fields will produce.
However, something that was not very known at that time is that soils are a precious resource, which is easily exhausted. Continuous mismanagement and exploitation due to lack of knowledge, led to poor soil fertility, loss of soil and as a result, drastic decrease in agricultural production. It became clear to most specialists, that core of th... Read more
SoilCares technology helps farmers to better understand their soil.
The farm of Dirk Swart is located near St. Annaparochie in the North of the Netherlands. On this 60 hectare area of land, Dirk Swart is growing potatoes, sugar beets, onions, corn and wheat. He participated with one of his fields in a pilot project set up by HLB, a partner of SoilCares and George Pars Graanhandel B.V. (Pars). A number of soil samples from his field were analysed in the Lab-in-a-Box (LiaB). This is a sensor lab developed by SoilCares that allows fast and cost-effective soil analyses. Thanks to his participation in this pilot project, he now knows exactly what the soil fertility variation is on his field. He also has more insights in the results of his efforts to improve the soil.
About the Sustainable Development Goals
The concept of sustainable world was first formed in 1987 when the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development released the report Our Common Future. Sustainable development was then defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. However, it has been unclear how to make this idea operational. The acceptance of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly in September 2015 was a crucial step because it translated the idea of sustainability into 17 concrete, measurable goals covering every aspect of life. The 17 Global Goals comprise 169 targets that aim to transform our world by 2030.
SoilCares sprak met professor Johan Bouma, een gepensioneerde Nederlandse bodemwetenschapper die onder andere werkte bij de Wageningen University en het Research Center. Hij vertelt ons meer over het belang van de bodem bij het creëren van een duurzame wereld en hij laat ons zien waarom hij denkt dat SoilCares-technologie waarde toevoegt aan de landbouw.
Professor Bouma, kunt u wat meer vertellen over het belang van de bodem bij het creëren van een duurzamere wereld?
Johan Bouma: "Het concept van een duurzame wereld werd in 1987 voor het eerst in het Brundtland-rapport geformuleerd. Dit werd in september 2015 door de VN geconcretiseerd in 17 duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelstellingen (SDG's). Ik ben van mening dat dit een heel belangrijk moment was. Voor het eerst werd duurzaamheid vertaald in 17 concrete doelen die elk aspect van het leven bestrijken. De bodem speelt hierbij een hele belangrijke rol. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan voe... Read more
SoilCares interviewed professor Johan Bouma, a renowned soil scientist, about the importance of soil in creating a sustainable world and how SoilCares can contribute to it.
SoilCares talks about the importance of soil in creating a sustainable world with retired Professor Johan Bouma, a Dutch soil scientists with vast experience working for Wageningen University and Research Centre. He shares his views on soil’s role in attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how SoilCares can relate to this and contribute to making the world more sustainable.
Professor Bouma, can you elaborate on the importance of soil in creating a more sustainable world?
Johan Bouma: "The concept of a sustainable world was first articulated in 1987 in the Brundtland Report. Nobody is against a sustainable world, of course, but in the past it was difficult to make it clear what a sustainable world really would entail and how to make it operational. I think the acceptance
1) Farmers will know the current condition of their soil and how to improve it
2) Farmers can minimize fertilizer expenditure
3) With soil testing farmers can avoid over-fertilization
4) Farmers can avoid soil degradation
5) Farmers with fertile soils can contribute to feeding the world's growing population
Understanding what is in our soils through soil testing is essential. Soil testing is the first step... Read more
Worldwide population is increasing and food production has to double to keep up with the growing demand. As much as 60% of crop yields depend on soil fertility. If farmers had easy, affordable and reliable access to information about their soil fertility status, they will increase their yields and participate in bridging the world food gap.
SoilCares provide the world’s farming community with data-based precision farming tools in order to extensively increase crop yields. One of the tools provided by SoilCares is a soil scanner. The scanner is an incredible, affordable and quick alternative for wet chemistry laboratories. To predict the soil status, the scanner compares its result to a unique world soil database that is developed and permanently updated by SoilCares research team in the Netherlands. The database cove... Read more