Thiruvananthapuram: For most people, soil is something that has to be tapped off their shoes or washed off their clothes. But what about a museum for soil? India’s first reference centre on soil types will come up at the Soil Analytical Laboratory of the Soil Conservation Department at Parottukonam in Thiruvananthapuram.
The proposed ‘Soil Museum’ will be set up at a 5,000- square feet space on the first floor of the laboratory. ‘’The construction activities are going on. The museum will be ready this financial year,’’ Agriculture Minister K P Mohanan told the Assembly on Tuesday.
The museum is intended to provide the public an insight into the soil types found in the State. Samples of soil types and around 100 soil monoliths will be on display at the museum, which will be a first-of-its-kind reference centre on soil in the country, the Agriculture Minister said. The museum will also enable soil-based agro-technology transfer, the Minister said.
India's first reference centre on soil types will come up at the city-based Soil Analytical Laboratory.