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Agricultural Science Digest, volume 40 issue 4 (december 2020) : 343-349

Soil Nutrient Based Land Suitability Analysis for Lentil Crop in Tarakeswar, Hooghly, West Bengal

Chiranjit Singha, Kishore Chandra Swain
1Department of Agricultural Engineering, Institute of Agriculture, Visva-Bharati, Sriniketan-731 236, Birbhum, West Bengal.
Cite article:- Singha Chiranjit, Swain Chandra Kishore (2020). Soil Nutrient Based Land Suitability Analysis for Lentil Crop in Tarakeswar, Hooghly, West Bengal. Agricultural Science Digest. 40(4): 343-349. doi: 10.18805/ag.D-5111.
Background: Land suitability assessment can inform decisions on land uses suitable for maximizing crop yield while making best use, but not impairing the ability of natural resources such as soil to support development. We assessed the suitability of lentil to be produce in 300 ha land of Tarakeswar block of Hooghly district West Bengal. 
Methods: Suitability criteria included eight criterion, such as: soil texture (ST), electrical conductivity (EC), organic carbon (OC), available nitrogen(N), available phosphorous (P),available potassium(K) and available zinc (Zn). We modiûed and used a novel set of techniques to assess suitability: Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) pairwise comparison matrixand  Geographic Information System (GIS) software. 
Result: The exponential model generated by Ordinary Kriging was used to estimate the lentil land use suitability. Suitability distribution of deep layer found nearly 42% area under suitability class, i.e. S1-2  which may be used for growing the crop profitably. 
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