Evaluation the soil pH of different Villages of Mihterlam capital of laghman province and ways to improve it
Assistant professor Khalil Rahman Barakzai
Soil pH is an important factor for desirable crop productions. However, due to soil amendments it is changing and negatively impacting on agricultural produce and production. A total of 162 samples tested from 30 different Villages of Mihterlam province capital of Laghman. Different vallages and land use classes surveyed revealed a differential scope of pH level. However, in general entire soils are alkaline and pH ranges from 6.87 – 8.95 (average 7.4).
A soil survey was conducted in the month of August, 2020 to assess soil pH, Composite surface soil samples were collected using stratified random sampling method at a depth of 0-15 cm from Agriculture, cultivated lands.
Continuous unplanned use of chemical fertilizers and commercial wastes are continuously influence soil pH in the area which need a regular follow-up by the Government agriculture department. At the moments, farmers are totally ignorant about soil health status and such a technique or facility to monitor these parameters to optimize their agricultural productivity. Present study provides a baseline for future studies and caution for relevant departments to look into issues related to soil health. Study is unique and conducted for the first time from the area.