Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 10 September 2018 at 09:47

Dear Agriprofessionals,

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 

Emmanuel Gasigwa Good !

3 months 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 July 2018 at 12:41

Farmers advised to test soils; increase productivity:

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

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TURIHOHABWE ALEX Yeah increases productivity since a farmer will be able to tell different mineral nutrients lacking in the soil

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 July 2018 at 08:30

Uganda’s soils undergoing last key changes - soil cares community of practice:

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 July 2018 at 01:59

Uganda soil care clinic and community of practice

Enhancing the knowledge and raising awareness about challenges and potentials of soil management and soil testing were among the core objectives of a consultative meeting by the AgriProFocus network Uganda and SoilCares held in Kampala on July 6th, 2018.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 July 2018 at 06:17


Good soils make fine gardens and the quality of soil determines the yields a farmer gets, if all other factors remain constant. In Uganda, farmers continue to boast of rich soils but local farmers could be headed for hard times if they don’t adopt good soil management practices.

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

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Soil Care Community of practice

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  06 July 2018, 08:30-12:30
  Royal Suites Hotel - Kampala



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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 February 2018 at 02:53

Holland Greentech introduces real time soil testing with SoilCares Scanner in Uganda

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 November 2017 at 09:07

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Shadrack Agaki This is a wonderful article, looking forward to reading about the remedies for those soils that have been damaged by wrong application of fertilizers 

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 12:16

The Importance of Testing Soil Quality

Why test soil? Find out in this article by SoilCares!

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

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Kris De Pooter I second this entirely.  In Kenya, we've been running with a business case for the past 2 years to find financing for a local Organic Fertilizer production (100 ton/day) with the sole aim of REGENERATING the soils already largely deprived of nutrients through mostly low quality and overuse of Chemical Fertilizer.  We cannot stress enough how important Soil Fertility/Condition is if we want to keep feeding the world !

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 October 2017 at 08:36

Farmer Dirk Swart: "I now know exactly what the soil variation is in my field."

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. 

Read his story here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 October 2017 at 10:43

The role of Soil in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Did you know soil plays a crucial role in achieving the global goals for sustainable development set by the UN in 2015? Read this article by SoilCares to learn more! 

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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 October 2017 at 01:37

SoilCares-interview: Professor Johan Bouma aan het woord

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 October 2017 at 12:37

Interview with Soil Scientist Johan Bouma

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

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Anne Marie Kortleve Nice interview! Interesting read for your soil community in Ethiopia Meskerem Niesette RitmeesterSarah Assefa or Gizaw Legesse

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 7 August 2017 at 04:55

Five Reasons for Farmers to Test their Soil


Did you know that as much as 60% of crop yields depends on soil fertility? Therefore, soil is a precious resource that we need to manage carefully. You can do this by performing soil tests on a regular basis. Want to know more about why testing your soil is so important?   One of our valuable partner presented about the reasons to test soil. Let us share this precious information to you!

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 22 May 2017 at 07:05


Imagine having direct access to services that only laboratories could provide? Even better, testing up to 22,500 soil samples a year without prior lab experience?

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

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