The Ministry of Agriculture will be starting the process of making maps with morphological description of soils, registration and documentation, and their geographical location.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture:
The National Institute for Innovation and Transfer of Agricultural Technology (INTA), will in March, start teaching and training 20 new employees at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), who will be in charge of mapping the soils on 25,000 square kilometers of territory in cantons bordering the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, at a scale of 1: 50,000.Subsequently the mapping is expected to be continued throughout the national territory.
Land management, new technologies and success stories in land use in agriculture are among the topics to be covered from 18 to 20 March in San Jose.
The Eighth National Soil Congress organized by the Costa Rican Association of Soil Science, will be held at the Hotel Barcelo San Jose Palacio and the Barceló Tambor Beach Hotel, with the aim of carrying out technical tours to sites that contribute to the themes which will be addressed.
A study on soils and capacity for land use in Solola identifies the potential, both in agriculture and agroforestry, in various zones, in order to achieve optimal production capacity.
According to Miguel Duro, director of the Department of Geographic Information and Strategic Risk Management at the Maga (Digegr), in charge of the Semi-detailed Soil Survey and Land use Capacity 1:50 k scale, both exporters and local producers will benefit from the report.
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