The purpose of Soil Survey and Testing is to classify the land into various land capability classes so that the land can be put to various uses such as agriculture, forestry, horticulture, agro-forestry and mixed land use system as per their capability. It involves multi-disciplinary and inter-related section viz. Soil Survey, Meteorology, Soil Testing, Cartography, Remote Sensing and Land Use Planning.
- Soil Survey (Soil Testing): During 2017, training programme on Soil Sample Collection and Analysis was conducted for JSCO and Field Assistants from three (3) districts viz. Kohima, Phek & Mon. Another weeklong training programme was attended by two (2) officers on “Techniques of Soil Analysis for Mapping & Fertility Evaluation” at Soil & Land Use Survey of India, Kolkata. Besides this, testing for soil fertility status for various agencies and research scholars were also carried out.
- Meteorology: The meteorological data received by the Department from the 17 Meteorological observatories located at different altitudes of the state are being used not only by the land user departments but also by the media viz. Doordarshan and local news dailies. The updated information on daily weather conditions is also available online at http://wisngl.nic.genwis/genmonth.asp.
- Remote Sensing: The application of Remote Sensing Technology is indispensible in recent times in acquiring latest information on the earth’s surface and its resources. Remote Sensing satellite data is multi-temporal, broad synoptic and compatible for digital manipulation and capable of generating multi-thematic maps for integrated planning and implementation.
An amount of Rs.10.00 Lakhs is spent during the year 2017-18 under Soil Survey and Land Use Planning Scheme