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LAND CAPABILITY AND SOIL ASSESSMENT OF AGRICULTURE LAND USE IN JAGANNATHPUR VDC, PARSA DISTRICT
Pravesh Regmi

Last modified: 2017-08-28

Abstract


A survey was carried out in Jagannathpur VDC in Parsa, Nepal from January to May of 2017 aiming to classify its lands based on their capabilities and assess its soils and classify it according to USDA Taxonomy. Data were collected by sampling 9 points in the VDC according to different land systems. Soil samples were analyzed for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, boron, zinc, pH, organic matter and texture. Land capability was studied by LRMP database. Statistical analysis of the recorded data was done by MS-Excel and GenStat and maps were prepared by ArcGIS. The study revealed that Jagannathpur VDC contained Inceptisols and Entisols with four suborders; Ustepts (44.45%), Udepts (22.22%), Fluvents (22.22%) and Psamments (11.11%). The region mostly had IAh/1 class of land, covering 88.12% of the area. Laboratory analysis showed low levels of nitrogen in most areas (47.325%). Phosphorus levels were very low in 32.16% of the region with Potassium levels at 52.026% of the area. It showed very low levels of Zinc covering 85.57% of its area while Boron levels were medium and very low in most parts at 38.97% and 37.82% respectively. Soils pH was moderately acidic for 50.92% of its area while the Organic matter content was very low in 79.614% of the VDC area. The dominant soil texture was silty clay loam covering 26.38% land area. The land system, land capability and soil texture data revealed that the VDC is suitable for growing multiple crops with rice being the most suitable for most parts.

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