Emphasizing the importance of soil testing in Uganda
AgriProFocus Uganda in collaboration with SoilCares organized a consultative meeting with the objective to raise awareness about challenges and potentials of soil management and soil testing. The meeting was held on July 6th, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda.
Soil nutrient depletion is a major issue in Uganda and immediate action is needed. That’s why AgriProFocus organized a half-day consultative meeting in collaboration with SoilCares. Over 50 representatives of the scientific community, civil society, policy makers, farmers and cooperatives attended the meeting. 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 were the key topics discussed during the meeting. The meeting also highlighted the key role of soil fertility for enhancing food security.
SoilCares soil testing technology
Dr. Christy van Beek, chief agronomist at SoilCares and director of SoilCares Foundation, attended the meeting and presented SoilCares soil testing technology. Christy van Beek: “There was great interest in the demonstration of SoilCares Scanner. It is wonderful to see so many people enthusiastic about the tool we have developed.”
SoilCares Scanner was demonstrated during the meeting by Holland Greentech – a company providing soil testing services with the Scanner in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Zambia.
A Community of Practice
The consultative meeting also established a Community of Practice (COP) with 21 members. Learn more about it on the online platform of AgriProFocus.
Watch the video
Watch a video by NBS TV Uganda covering the meeting here or check the photos from the event below (photo source: AgriProFocus Uganda).