Essex Valley in St. Elizabeth has been selected as a pilot area for soil sampling under the Soil Fertility Mapping project.
This was disclosed by Chief Technical Director, in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Orville Palmer, during the virtual World Soil day Technical forum, on Thursday.
The technical capacity-building project will be implemented in collaboration with the Moroccan National Institute for Agricultural Research.
It will include training in laboratory procedures, development of a web-based information system for soils and fertiliser recommendation based on soil characteristics.
Mr. Palmer said the work of the Agricultural Land Management division, through the Soil Health, Plant Tissue, and Water Laboratory, has been instrumental in assessing, monitoring and safeguarding the country’s soil health.
Activities undertaken by the committee include soil analysis for the agro-parks within the island, and preparation of soil and crop sustainable maps for the agro-parks.
Mr. Palmer added that healthy soil is at the epicentre of healthy crop production and increased productivity, noting that this resource must be protected and maintained.