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I. GENERAL INFORMATION

The Department of Soil Survey & Soil Conservation serves to provide sound soil and land resource information highlighting soil and water conservation needs for optimizing resource utilisation adopting scientific land use as per land capability for ensuring soil health. The soil and land resource inventory of each area carried out by the Department will provide necessary scientific database for adopting suitable soil and water conservation measures to prevent soil erosion, enhance ground water recharge and to synergise agricultural sector through enhancing productivity.

          Under the Department of Soil Survey & Soil Conservation, the Soil Survey wing and the Soil Conservation wing are functioning with the following mandates. 

a. The generation of scientific database on soil and land resources through various kinds of Soil Surveys for formulation and execution of developmental programmes at micro and macro level is a priority concern. Detailed Soil Survey of panchayats on cadastral basis to provide sound data base for execution of various developmental programmes and recommendations for sustainable agriculture consistent with soil and land characteristics and terrain features.

b. Various soil and water conservation programmes implemented by the Soil Conservation unit aims at the improvement of the local production environment of the concerned areas by providing the required basic infrastructure for controlling soil erosion, regulating water flow, promoting in situ conservation of water, moderation of floods and related damage, control of saline intrusion in drainage lines etc for facilitating increased productivity. Emphasis has been given on striving to rebuild the resource base of soil, water and vegetation cover while striving to generate and sustain economic and social well being of the community.

II. OFFICES UNDER THE DEPARTMENT AND THE NATURE OF ACTIVITY

Directorate of Soil Survey & Soil Conservation

The Department of Soil Survey and Soil Conservation has its headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram. The Directorate of Soil Survey and Soil Conservation is located in the 3rd and 4th floor of Centre Plaza Building at Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram.

The Director is the Head of the department. He is assisted by the Additional Director, Soil Survey who supervises all soil survey activities and Additional Director, Soil Conservation who supervises Soil Conservation works in the State. He has also the Finance Officer and Administrative officer and other technical staff under him as listed below .

No

Name of post

Number of posts

1

Director

1

2

Additional Director, Soil Survey

1

3

Additional Director, Soil Conservation

1

4

Deputy Director, Soil survey

1

5

Deputy Director, Soil conservation

1

6

Deputy Director, WGDP

1

7

Assistant Director, Soil Survey

3

8

Assistant Director, Soil Conservation

3

9

Technical Assistant

2

10

Research Assistant

2

11

Soil Conservation officer

3

12

Assistant Engineer

3

13

Cartographer

1

14

Draftsman/Surveyor

5

15

Overseer

3

16

Work Superintendent

1

17

Blue printer

1

18

Tracer

1

Regional and district offices       

       There are offices in all districts under the department. Their contact address and phone numbers are listed below

Sl no

Offices

Contact no

 

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM DISTRICT

 

1

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

KAICOBuildings, Fort P.O.,

Thiruvananthapuram

0471 2469709

2

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation, Aruvikkara Scheme,

Vanchi Poor Fund,

Pazhavangadi, Fort P.O.,

Thiruvananthapuram – 23

0471 2478030

3

Deputy Director Soil Survey

(Southern Region)

KAICO buildings, Fort P.O

Thiruvananthapuram

0471 2468237

4

District Soil Conservation Officer,

A Block, 4th Floor, F-5,

Civil Station, Kudappanakkunnu,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 043

0471 2732648

 

KOLLAM DISTRICT

 

5

Assistant Director (Soil Survey),

Mullathara Appartment,

Jawahar Junction,

Kollam – 691 001

0474 2767121

6

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Devi Nivas, Olayil,

Jayan Nagar,

Thevally P.O.,

Kollam – 691 009

0474 2768816

7

Deputy Director of Soil Conservation,

IWDMK – Chadayamangalam

Near K.S.R.T.C Bus Stand Chadayamangalam

Kollam – 691 534

0474 2475051

8

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Sasthamcotta, Kollam – 690 521

0476 2837080

 

PATHANAMTHITTA DISTRICT

 

9

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

IInd Floor, Laketh Building,

Behind General Hospital,

Doctor’s Lane,

Pathanamthitta – 689 645

0468 2323105

10

District Soil Conservation Officer,

MTS Commercial Complex,

Stadium Junction,

Pathanamthitta – 689 645

0468 2224070

 

KOTTAYAM DISTRICT

 

11

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

3rd floor, A block,

Mini Civil Station

Kottayam- 686 001

0481 2300978

12

District Soil Conservation Officer,

DistrictPanchayath Building

Collectorate P.O.

Kottayam – 686 002

0481 2568519

 

ALAPPUZHA DISTRICT

 

13

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Thondankulangara Ward,

Avalukunnu P.O.,

Alappuzha – 688 006

0477 2236293

14

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Districtpanchayath Building,

3rd Floor, Collectorate P.O.,

Alappuzha – 688 001

0477 2254927

 

ERNAKULAM DISTRICT

 

15

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Ernakulam,

Old Block, 3rd Floor,

Civil Station, Kakkanad,

Kochi-30

0484 2421509

16

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Civil Station,

Kakkanad P.O.,

Ernakulam – 682 030

0484 2423301

 

IDUKKI DISTRICT

 

17

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

TharaniyilBuilding.

Thodupuzha P.O.,

Idukki – 685 584

04862 228725

18

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Idukki Project,

KalayathinalBuilding,

Parakadavu, Kattappana P.O.,

Idukki

0486 8273322

19

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Moolamattom P.O.,

Idukki – 685 589

0486 2252650

 

THRISSUR DISTRICT

 

20

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Mini Civil Station

Chembukkavu. P.O.,

Thrissur – 680 020

0487 2323965

21

District Soil Conservation Officer,

DistrictPanchayath Office Building,

Ayyanthole P.O.,

Thrissur – 680 003

0487 2360426

22

Deputy Director Soil Survey

(Northern Region)

Mini Civil Station, 1st Floor

Chembookavu P.O., Thrissur – 680 020

0487 2321296

 

PALAKKAD DISTRICT

 

23

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Civil Station (2nd Floor)

Palakkad -678 001

0491 2505455

24

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Civil Station,

Palakkad – 678 001

0491 2505860

 

MALAPPURAM DISTRICT

 

25

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Civil Station, B3 Block,

Ground Floor,

Malappuram – 676 505

0483 2739001

26

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Industrial – Estate Road,

Manjeri 

Malappuram – 676 121.

0483 2767872

 

KOZHIKODE DISTRICT

 

27

Assistant Director (Soil Survey),

Civil Station B Block

5th Floor,

Kozhikode– 673 020

0495 2371060

28

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Civil Station P.O.,

C Block, 5th Floor,

Kozhikode– 673 020

0495 2370790

 

WAYANAD DISTRICT

 

29

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Meenangadi P.O.

Wayanad – 673 591

04936 246330

30

District Soil Conservation Officer,

North KalpettaP.O.,

Civil Station, Wayanad – 673 122

0493 6203756

31

Joint Director of Soil Conservation,

Kabini Project,

Arun Tourist Home,

Near Municipal Bus Stand,

Kalpetta, Wayanad – 673 121

0493 6205732

32

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Engineering Hydrology Sub Division, Kabini Project,

P.B.M.Hospital Building, Meenangadi P.O.,

Wayanad – 673 591

04936 247160

33

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Mananthavadi (Kabini Project),

Building No. VP – X/6G, 5th Mile, Kelloor, P.O.,

Wayanad – 670 645

04935 227163

34

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Kabini Project, Vythiri P.O., Wayanad – 673 576

04936 255227

35

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Kaniyambetta Sub Division,

R.V.P. Kabini,

PBMHospital Building,

Meenangadi Post,

Wayanad – 673 591

0493 6247430

36

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Kabini Project, Karakkamala,

Wayanad – 670 645

04935 227565

 

KANNUR DISTRICT

 

37

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Civil Station F Block

2nd Floor, Kannur – 670 002

0497 2712818

38

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Civil Station P.O.,

Kannur – 670 002

0497 2768260

 

KASARAGOD DISTRICT

 

39

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Civil Station F Block

Vidyanagar P.O.,

Kasargod – 671 123.

04994 257450

40

District Soil Conservation Office

F-Block, Civil Station,

Vidyanagar P.O.

Kasaragod 671 123

04994 4256658

 

 

Soil Conservation Offices

Sl no

Offices

Contact no

 

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM DISTRICT

 

1

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mini Civil Station

Neyyattinkara P.O.,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 121

0471 2222712

2

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mini Civil Station

Kilimanoor

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 601

0470 2675748

 

KOLLAM DISTRICT

 

3

Soil Conservation Officer,

Kottarakkara P.O.,

Kollam – 691 506

0474 2452828

4

Soil Conservation Officer,

Kottiyam P.O.,

Kollam – 691 571

0474 2535572

 

PATHANAMTHITTA DISTRICT

 

5

Soil Conservation Officer,

MTS Commercial Complex

Stadium Junction

Pathanamthitta – 689 645

0468 2322671

6

Soil Conservation Officer,

KarthikaBuilding, (Opp.) NSS Office

Kacherypady, Thiruvalla

Pathanamthitta – 689 101

0469 2602664

 

KOTTAYAM DISTRICT

 

7

Soil Conservation Officer,

MunicipalStadium Building,

Near Revenue Tower,

Changanassery P.O.,

Kottayam – 686 101

0484 2412892

8

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mini Civil Station,

Palai P.O.,

Kottayam – 686 575

0482 2200492

 

ALAPPUZHA DISTRICT

 

9

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mini Civil Station, 2nd Floor

Cherthala P.O.,

Alappuzha - 6880524

0477 2254927

10

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mini Civil Station, 1st Floor (West)

Chengannur P.O.

Alappuzha - 689121

0479 2456552

 

ERNAKULAM DISTRICT

 

11

Soil Conservation Officer

Kolencherry P.O.

Ernakulam 0 682 311

0484 2765327

12

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mini Civil Station

Mudavoor P.O., Moovattupuzha

Ernakulam – 686 669

0485 2814939

 

IDUKKI DISTRICT

 

13

Soil Conservation Officer,

Idukki Colony P.O.,

KSEB Colony,

Vazhathoppe

Idukki – 685 602

0486 2236396

14

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mini Civil Station

Peerumedu

Idukki – 685 537

0486 9232157

 

THRISSUR DISTRICT

 

15

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mini Civil Station

Chalakudy

Thrissur – 680 307

0480 2707710

16

Soil Conservation Officer,

Near Court

Wadakkancherry P.O.,

Thrissur – 680 582

0488 4235462

 

 

PALAKKAD DISTRICT

 

17

Soil Conservation Officer,

Pallykkayttom

East OttappalamP.O.,

Palakkad – 679 101

0466 2248217

18

Soil Conservation Officer,

Bank Road, Alathur

Palakkad – 678 541

0492 2223430

 

MALAPPURAM DISTRICT

 

19

Soil Conservation Officer,

Jaseela Complex

Nilamboor Road,  Manjeri

Malappuram – 676 121

0483 2765963

20

Soil Conservation Officer,

K.N.E.S.T. House,

Perinthalmanna P.O.

Malappuram – 679 322

0493 3229727

 

KOZHIKODE DISTRICT

 

21

Soil Conservation Officer,

Vadakara

Kozhikode– 673 325

0496 2515788

22

Soil Conservation Officer,

Thamarassery

Kozhikode– 673 525

0495 2223672

 

WAYANAD DISTRICT

 

23

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mini Civil Station,

Mananthavady (PO)

Wayanad – 670 645

0493 5241482

24

Soil Conservation Officer,

CanaraBank Building

Meenangadi

Wayanad – 673 591

0493 6248270

 

KANNUR DISTRICT

 

25

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mini Civil Station, 3rd Floor TF9

Thaliparamba,

Kannur – 670 141

0460 2200058

26

Soil Conservation Officer,

SyndicateBank Building

Narangapuram

Thalassery P.O.,

Kannur – 670 101

0490 2341560

 

KASARAGOD DISTRICT

 

27

Soil Conservation Officer,

Railway Station Road,

Thayalangadi

Kasargod – 671 121

04994 230353

28

Soil Conservation Officer

KMC -3 -639/1, Hosdurg,

Kanhangad P.O.,

Kasargod – 671 315

0467 2209866

 

Soil Analytical Laboratories

Sl no

Offices

Contact no

1

Principal Soil Chemist

Central Soil Analytical Lab

Parottukonam, Nalanchira P.O

Thiruvananthapuram - 695015

0471 2541776

2

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

IInd Floor, Laketh Building,

Behind General Hospital,

Doctor’s Lane,

Pathanamthitta – 689 645

Soil and Plant health clinic attached to the District office

0468 2323105

3

Senior Chemist

Regional Soil Analytical Lab

Thodankulangara Ward

Kuruppan’s Building, AMC-XI/687 B

Avalukunnu P.O., Alappuzha

0477 2236294

4

Senior Soil Chemist

Regional Soil Analytical Lab

2nd Block, Mini Civil Station,

Chembookavu P.O.

Thrissur – 680 020

 

5

Senior Chemist

Hi-Tech Soil Analytical Lab

Ammu’s Complex, III Floor

Kalpetta, Wayanad - 673121

04936 207750

 

KASARAGOD DISTRICT

 

6

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Civil Station F Block

Vidyanagar P.O.,

Kasargod – 671 123.

Soil and Plant health clinic attached to the District office

04994 257450

 

 

Activities at the Directorate of Soil survey and Soil Conservation

The Directorate functions as the center for administrative and technical activities of the department. The head office co-ordinates and monitors various soil survey and soil and water conservation activities carried out in the State.

Activities at the Regional soil survey offices/ Joint Director (Soil Conservation office)

There are two regional offices under Soil Survey viz. Office of the Deputy Director (Soil Survey), Southern Region, Thiruvananthapuram and Office of the Deputy Director (Soil Survey), Northern Region, Thrissur. They have supervisory control over seven offices each of northern and southern districts for planning and monitoring of schemes undertaken in each region.

Office of the Joint Director of Soil Conservation functioning at Wayanad co-ordinates the activities of the five Assistant Director of Soil Conservation offices functioning in the district.

Activities of the District Soil Survey offices and District Soil Conservation office

There are 14 soil survey district offices. Detailed soil survey of panchayats and watersheds and user defined surveys within the district are being carried out by the District Soil Survey Offices. Delineation, prioritization and codification of micro watersheds for different watershed based development programmes is being undertaken here. Sample collection for Soil Health card distribution in selected panchayats is also undertaken. Training programmes carried out by the organisation within the district are also the prerogative of the district level officer. The district office acts as valuable extension center on soil based information to researchers, scientists, planners etc.

There are 14 District Soil Conservation offices in the state. The major activities of the district  offices are

  • Coordinating and supervising all the activities of the Soil Conservation offices in the District.
  • Identification and prioritization of watersheds area which requires immediate intervention
  • Investigation, preparation and submission of realistic and need based project  proposals
  • Implementation of the sanctioned projects in a participatory manner
  • Issue of work orders
  • Super checking of completed works and technical scrutiny and counter signature of work bills
  • Overall monitoring of activities in the district and ensuring timely completion of the projects
  • Active involvement in all the activities of the District panchayat
  • Imparting trainings for creating awareness regarding Eco restoration
  • Member of various technical committees pertaining to Development and Eco restoration activities.

Besides these 14 offices, three Assistant Director offices are functioning at the special schemes areas for the protection of the catchment of reservoir  Aruvikkara water supply scheme and Sasthamkotta and  catchment of the Idukki reservoir at Kattappana in Idukki Districts. Five Assistant Director Offices are functioning at  Wayanad  under the River valley Project Kabini  for carrying out Soil and water conservation works  for the protection of the catchment of Kabini river. Presently these 5 offices are implementing soil and water conservation schemes sanctioned under various State and Central sector schemes.

Activities undertaken at Soil Conservation offices

Soil Conservation offices are the Grass root level functionaries involved in the implementation of watershed development projects and eco restoration activities

The main works implemented through the soil conservation offices are

  • Investigation and formulation of need based projects, formulation of DPRs for the identified watershed projects in the area under their jurisdiction
  • Field level implementation of sanctioned watershed projects with active peoples participation
  • Motivating farmers for undertaking soil conservation activities
  • Check measurement , technical scrutiny of the Measurement Books and processing of work bills
  • Monitoring of progress of the schemes and timely completion of the projects, submission of the project completion reports
  • Involvement of the activities of  three tier panchayatiraj system
  • Imparting trainings for creating awareness regarding Eco restoration
  • Member of various technical committees pertaining to Development and Eco restoration activities

Activities undertaken in the Soil Analytical Laboratories

There are seven laboratories under the Soil Survey wing. Soil sample analysis of the soil samples are being carried out at the Central Soil Analytical Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram, Regional Soil Analytical Laboratories at Alappuzha , Thrissur and Kozhikode, theSoil and Plant Health Clinics at Kasaragod and Pathanamthitta and the Hi-Tech lab at Kalpetta, Wayanad. Soil analysis is carried out for soil profile samples which act as supplementary data on soil profile characteristics. Surface sample analysis is undertaken for fertility studies including for preparation of soil health cards. Farmers samples are also analysed in the labs and fertility cards issued from the respective labs. Special user defined analysis is carried out for different users like academic scholars, research scientists etc.

III. PRESENT ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT

The activities undertaken by the department are

1.            Soil and Water Conservation on Watershed Basis (RIDF)-NABARD assisted

2.            Laboratories

3.            Soil health management system

4.            Stabilisation of Landslide Areas

5.            Detailed Soil Survey At Panchayat Level   

6.            Soil Informatics And Publication Cell

7.            Protection of Catchment of Reservoir of Water Supply Schemes(PCRWSS)

8.            Training for Departmental Staff and Others

9.            Application of Information Technology

10.         Training To Soil Survey Officers

11.         Integrated Survey Of Soil And Land Resources Of Western Ghat Region On Watershed Basis

12.         Establishment of the State soil museum

 

1. Soil and Water Conservation on Watershed Basis (RIDF)-NABARD assisted

Soil and water conservation projects with the assistance of NABARD are being implemented in the state since 1995-96.The main objective of the scheme is to bring in improved and sustainable agricultural productivity in identified watershed areas by adopting soil and water conservation activities. Contribution of the projects in the enhancement of ground water recharge, mitigation of floods and moderation of droughts in the treatable watershed are quite substantial.

2.   Laboratories

The seven soil analytical laboratories carry out different soil analysis, for soil classification and soil health management. Analysis of soil samples received from external agencies, universities, school and college students, farmers etc are also being conducted as per the request from user agencies. Water analyses and pesticide residue analysis are also carried out in selected labs.

3.   Soil Health Management System

Soil Health Card programme, the flagship programme of the department, is a tool to help the farmer to monitor and improve soil health based on the basis of scientific data on soils. Soil Health card provides a qualitative assessment of soil health and the purpose is to use indicators that assess each soil’s ability to support crop production within its capabilities and site limitations. The scheme is monitored and soil health cards published from the Directorate.

4.   Stabilisation of Landslide Areas

The Scheme envisages scientific Soil and Water Conservation/management for the stabilisation/reclamation of the land slide prone/affected ecosystems in the hilly terrains of the State. The projects help to stabilize/restore natural ecosystems prone to /affected by phenomena like landslide, landslip etc.

5.   Detailed Soil Survey At Panchayat Level    

          The main objective of the scheme is generation of comprehensive information on soil and land resources, socio-economic data and infrastructural facilities at panchayat level after detailed soil and land resources survey and creation of thematic maps and data sets for setting up Web based Soil Information System under GIS environment.

          It also includes the development of a GIS based spatial model for delineating suitable sites for agriculture development along with a land resource action plan for the future development. The various utilities available in the panchayat will also be represented spatially using GIS. A user friendly Graphical User Interface will also be developed incorporating the above aspects. The soil resource database at cadastral level scale will be transmitted to local self government institutions and other stakeholders.

6.   Soil Informatics And Publication Cell

The Soil Informatics and Publication Cell acts as a consultancy Cell in various aspects of integrated management of soil and land resources and is mainly engaged in the publication of technical reports and maps. The scheme envisages additional support for publication of technical reports of panchayats, district farms and other bulletins required for soil and land development programmes. The cell is entrusted with the task of publication of all Soil and Land Resource Inventory reports, watershed etc. The activities undertaken under this scheme include establishment of Soil Museum, publication of reports, special reports etc and the thematic maps associated with these reports.

7.   Protection of Catchments of Reservoirs of Water Supply Schemes

The scheme is being implemented in the Catchments of the reservoirs of Water Supply Schemes at Aruvikkara in Thiruvananthapuram District and at Sasthamcotta in Kollam District. The Project aims to check siltation in the reservoirs of the water supply projects. The Scheme being implemented by the Department of Soil Survey & Soil Conservation is funded by the State Environment Department. Works are being implemented in a phased manner subject to the budgetary availability.

8.  Training Programme for Departmental Staff and others

The training and extension centre of Soil Conservation viz.Institute for Watershed Development and Management, Kerala (IWDM-K)at Chadayamangalam has been imparting training on Watershed Management and the principles and practices of integrated scientific soil and water conservation treatments to various target groups including selected people's representatives of the local self governments. The trainees include departmental staff, staff from other departments, school and college students, people’s representatives etc. The institute is also designated as one of the Programme Study Centres of IGNOU offering 2 Diploma courses and a Certificate course.  

9. Application of Information Technology

As a part of the promising initiatives from the Government of Kerala in the area of e-governance, the Soil Conservation Department too has expedited necessary steps to bring all its subordinate offices under a computer network. Minimum required no. of computer systems have been installed in all the Soil Conservation Offices and it has proved to be very effective in improving the service quality and efficiency of the department. Purchase of necessary hardware, software and updation of the existing computer for the e-governance is being carried out.

10. Training to Soil Survey Officers

The scheme has been implemented with the objective of imparting training to soil survey personnel in various fields like computer application, remote sensing, GIS and advancements in soil survey techniques, watershed management and capacity building. The officers of the department were deputed for training in institutes both inside and outside the state in soil survey related fields, Remote sensing and GIS applications, watershed based development etc enabling exposure of officers to latest developments in the field of information technology and its applications in watershed development, soil survey related activities etc.

11.Integrated Survey Of Soil And Land Resources Of Western Ghat Region On Watershed Basis

 Integrated survey of soil and land resources of the Western ghat region on watershed basis is undertaken by the department. The department has developed a district level prioritized watershed atlas which is the basis for selection of watersheds

12. Establishment of  State Soil Museum:

During the year 2013-14, Department of Soil Survey & Soil Conservation has established a State Soil Museum, a state of the art venture, to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of the nonrenewable resource “the  Soil”. The State Soil museum was formally inaugurated by the Hon’ Chief Minister of Kerala on 01/01/2014 and the same has been opened to general Public. The Soil Musuem aims to create an in-depth awareness about the importance of soils and to transfer the vast information about the soils of our state gathered by the scientific initiatives of the Department of Soil Survey and Soil Conservation  to the general public. It also  aids students, researchers and planners in scientific research and planning activities by imparting a scientific know-how about soils. It will also help farmers in managing their meager but precious soil resources in a balanced and rational manner. The soil museum will also help the youth and the future generation in gaining a scientific first hand information on soils which otherwise they could normally acquire only by way of reading textbooks.

 

Other activities

1. Mitigation of agrarian distress in Kuttanad, Upper Kuttanad and Onattukara region through eco restoration under Kuttanad Package

Government has accorded administrative sanction for soil and water conservation activities for eco restoration of Kuttanad, Upper Kuttanad and Onattukara region under Kuttanad Package under 13th Finance Commission award. The programme aimed at reviving the rich agrarian culture of the locality gives emphasis for various water conservation activities aimed at ensuring potable water for domestic use and irrigation purposes. The various activities devised under the programme include renovation of wells, ponds, well curbing, planting of Vetiver, supply of medicinal and horticultural plants etc. The Project activities commenced in the districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam during March 2012.

2. Infrastructure Development to augment cool season vegetable and temperate fruit production in Kanthalloor and Vattavada Grama Panchayat of Idukki district.

As per the recommendations of Swaminathan Commissison for mitigation of agrarian distress in Idukki district, the Department is implementing an infrastructure development project for augmenting cool season vegetable and fruit production in Idukki district availing assistance from State Horticulture Mission under RKVY.

 

IV. OUR USERS

Soil survey and soil conservation department aids in planning, monitoring agricultural developmental schemes with special reference to soils. The offices serve as valuable extension center on soil based information to administrators, researchers, scientists, planners etc. The ultimate aim is to provide farmer centric information on soils of Kerala and provide ameliorative suggestions to improve production and productivity and sustain the same. Soil and water conservation activities are carried out by the department on watershed basis thus serving the watershed community.

 

V. JURISDICTION AND OFFICE HOURS

The jurisdiction of the offices is given below. The office hours are 10am to 5 pm in all offices

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Offices

Jurisdiction

 

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM DISTRICT

 

1

Directorate of Soil Survey & Soil conservation

State-wide

2

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram district

3

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation, Aruvikkara Scheme,

Thiruvananthapuram – 23

Vellanad, nedumangad (part), Nedumanad municipality

4

Principal Soil Chemist

Central Soil Analytical Lab

Thiruvananthapuram - 695015

State- wide laboratories

5

Deputy Director Soil Survey

(Southern Region),

Thiruvananthapuram

Southern districts

6

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 043

Thiruvananthapuram district

7

Soil Conservation Officer,

Neyyattinkara P.O.,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 121

Parasala, Perumkidavila, Nemom, Athiyanoor Vellanadu (part) blocks

8

Soil Conservation Officer,

ChandrikaBuilding

Kizhake Road, 

Vamanapuram, Venjaramood

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 607

Pothencode, Vamanapuram, Kilimanoor,Chirayinkeezhu, Varkala and Vellanadu (part) blocks

 

KOLLAM DISTRICT

 

9

Assistant Director (Soil Survey),

Kollam – 691 001

Kollam district

10

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Kollam – 691 009

Kollam district

11

Deputy Director of Soil Conservation,

IWDMK – Chadayamangalam

Near K.S.R.T.C Bus Stand Chadayamangalam

Kollam – 691 534

Training only

12

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Sasthamcotta, Kollam – 690 521

Sasthamcotta, Mynagapally, West kallada panchayat

13

Soil Conservation Officer,

Kottarakkara P.O.,

Kollam – 691 506

Kottarakkara, Vettikavala, Pathanapuram, Sasthamkotta, Anchal, Chadayamangalam, Chittumala block

14

Soil Conservation Officer,

Kottiyam P.O.,

Kollam – 691 571

Chavara, Ittikkara, Mukhathala, Ochira Block

 

PATHANAMTHITTA DISTRICT

 

15

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Pathanamthitta – 689 645

Pathanamthitta district

16

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Pathanamthitta – 689 645

Pathanamthitta district

17

Soil Conservation Officer,

Thiruvalla

Pulikeezhu, Mallappally, Ranni, Koyipuram block

18

Soil Conservation Officer,

Pathanamthitta – 689 101

Elanthoor, Konni, Pandalam, Parakkode, Kulanada Block

 

KOTTAYAM DISTRICT

 

19

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Kottayam- 686 001

Kottayam district

20

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Kottayam – 686 002

Kottayam district

21

Soil Conservation Officer,

Changanassery P.O.,

Kottayam – 686 101

Kottayam, Changanassery, Kanjirapally taluk

22

Soil Conservation Officer,

Palai P.O.,

Kottayam – 686 575

Meenachil, Pala taluk

 

ALAPPUZHA DISTRICT

 

23

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Alappuzha – 688 006

Alappuzha district

24

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Alappuzha – 688 001

Alappuzha district

25

Senior Chemist

Regional Soil Analytical Lab

Alappuzha

Alappuzha district & special schemes

26

Soil Conservation Officer,

Cherthala P.O.,

Alappuzha - 6880524

Chertala taluk,

Kuttanad taluk,

Ambalapuzha taluk

27

Soil Conservation Officer,

Chengannur P.O.

Alappuzha - 689121

Karithakapally, Mavellikkara, Chenganoor taluks

 

ERNAKULAM DISTRICT

 

28

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Ernakulam

Ernakulam district

29

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Ernakulam – 682 030

Ernakulam district

30

Soil Conservation Officer

Kolencherry P.O.

Ernakulam 0 682 311

Kanayanoor, Kunnathunad, Kochi and part of Paravoor Taluk

31

Soil Conservation Officer,

Moovattupuzha

Ernakulam – 686 669

 Aluva taluk, Muvattupuzha taluk, Kothamangalam taluk, part of Paravoor Taluk

 

IDUKKI DISTRICT

 

32

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Idukki – 685 584

Idukki district

33

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Idukki Project,

Kattappana P.O.,

Idukki

Kattappana, Azhutha, Idukki, Nedumkandam Block

34

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Moolamattom P.O.,

Idukki – 685 589

 

35

Soil Conservation Officer,

Vazhathoppe

Idukki – 685 602

Idukki (part), Nedumkandam (part), Devikulam, Adimali blocks

36

Soil Conservation Officer,

Peerumedu

Idukki – 685 537

Azhutha (part), Elaamdesom, Idukki (part) Thodupuzha Blocks and Thodupuzha municipality

 

THRISSUR DISTRICT

 

37

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Mini Civil Station

Chembukkavu. P.O.,

Thrissur – 680 020

Thrissur district

38

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Ayyanthole P.O.,

Thrissur – 680 003

Thrissur district

39

Senior Soil Chemist

Regional Soil Analytical Lab

2nd Block, Mini Civil Station,

Chembookavu P.O.

Thrissur – 680 020

Thrissur district & special schemes

40

Deputy Director Soil Survey

(Northern Region)

Mini Civil Station, 1st Floor

Chembookavu P.O.

Thrissur – 680 020

Seven northern districts

41

Soil Conservation Officer,

Chalakudy

Thrissur – 680 307

Kodungalloor,Chalakudy and Mukundapuram taluk

42

Soil Conservation Officer,

Near Court

Wadakkancherry P.O.,

Thrissur – 680 582

Thalapally, Chavakkad, thrissur

 

PALAKKAD DISTRICT

 

43

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Civil Station (2nd Floor)

Palakkad -678 001

Palakkad district

44

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Palakkad – 678 001

Palakkad district

45

Soil Conservation Officer,

Pallykkayttom

East OttappalamP.O.,

Palakkad – 679 101

Tritala, Pattambi, Ottapalam, Sreekrishnapuram , Mannarkad, Palakkad, Attappadi

46

Soil Conservation Officer,

Bank Road, Alathur

Palakkad – 678 541

Alathur, Chitoor, Kollengode, Kuzhalmannam,

Nemara, Malampuzha Blocks

 

MALAPPURAM DISTRICT

 

47

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Malappuram – 676 505

Malappuram district

48

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Manjeri 

Malappuram – 676 121.

Malappuram district

49

Soil Conservation Officer,

Manjeri

Malappuram – 676 121

Areacode, manjeri, vengara, kondoty, Thirurangadi, Nilambur, thanur, malappuram Block

50

Soil Conservation Officer,

Perinthalmanna P.O.

Malappuram – 679 322

Perinthalmanna, Kuttippuram, Mankada,Tirur, Ponnani, Wandoor, Perumpadappu likavu Blocks

 

KOZHIKODE DISTRICT

 

51

Assistant Director (Soil Survey),

Kozhikode– 673 020

Kozhikodedistrict

52

Senior Chemist

Regional Soil Analytical Lab

Kozhikode- 673020

Kozhikodedistrict & special schemes

53

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Kozhikode– 673 020

Kozhikodedistrict

54

Soil Conservation Officer,

Vadakara

Kozhikode– 673 325

Vadakara, Tuneri,

Kunnumel, Thodannur, Melady, Perambra, Panthalayini (Part) Block

55

Soil Conservation Officer,

Thamarassery

Kozhikode– 673 525

Balussery,Chelannoor, koduvally, Kozhikode, kunnamamangalam ,Panthalayini ( Part) Block

 

WAYANAD DISTRICT

 

56

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Meenangadi P.O.

Wayanad – 673 591

Wayanad district

57

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Wayanad – 673 122

Wayanad district

58

Senior Chemist

Hi-Tech Soil Analytical Lab

Kalpetta, Wayanad - 673121

Wayanad district & special schemes

59

Joint Director of Soil Conservation,

Kabini Project,

Kalpetta, Wayanad – 673 121

 

60

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Engineering Hydrology Sub Division,

Kabini Project,

Meenangadi P.O.,Wayanad – 673 591

 

61

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Mananthavadi (Kabini Project),

Wayanad – 670 645

 

62

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Kabini Project, Vythiri P.O.,

Wayanad – 673 576

 

63

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Kaniyambetta Sub Division,

R.V.P. Kabini,

Wayanad – 673 591

 

64

Assistant Director of Soil Conservation,

Kabini Project, Karakkamala,

Wayanad – 670 645

 

65

Soil Conservation Officer,

Mananthavady (PO)

Wayanad – 670 645

Manathavady and Panamaram Block

66

Soil Conservation Officer,

Meenangadi

Wayanad – 673 591

Sulthan Bathery and Kalpetta Block

67

Soil Conservation Officer,

VythiriGrama Panchayath  Building

Vythiri P.O.

Wayanad – 673 579

 

 

KANNUR DISTRICT

 

68

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Kannur – 670 002

Kannur district

69

District Soil Conservation Officer,

Civil Station P.O.,

Kannur – 670 002

Kannur district

70

Soil Conservation Officer,

Thaliparamba,

Kannur – 670 141

Pannayannor, Thaliparambu, Kalliyasseri, Irikkur, Kannur blocks

71

Soil Conservation Officer,

Thalassery P.O.,

Kannur – 670 101

Edakkadu, Thalassery, Kuthuparambu, Panoor, Iritty, Peravoor blocks

 

KASARAGOD DISTRICT

 

72

Assistant Director (Soil Survey)

Civil Station F Block

Vidyanagar P.O.,

Kasargod – 671 123.

Kasaragod district

73

District Soil Conservation Office

Kasaragod 671 123

Kasaragod district

74

Soil Conservation Officer,

Kasargod – 671 121

Manjeswaram, Kasargode, taluk

75

Soil Conservation Officer

Kanhangad P.O.,

Kasargod – 671 315

Hosdurg, Vellarikundu taluk

 

VI. Services rendered to citizens

          Soil survey serves the farming community through inventorization of soil and land resources of a tract, providing suggestions for betterment of agriculture with special reference to natural resource management. Soil health cards are issued to individual farmers on per plot basis based on soil fertility tests. The State Soil Museum and State information Centre serves as a centralized repository on soils of Kerala. Soil and water conservation activities are implemented in the farmers field directly on watershed basis.   

VII. Criticisms and suggestions

          Any criticisms can be mailed to Director, Dept of Soil Survey and Soil Conservation, Centre Plaza buildings, Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananatahpuram-14

 

 

 

 

Contact us

Directorate of Soil Survey & Soil Conservation
Center Plaza buildings
Vazhuthacaud
Thiruvananthapuram-695 014
Ph: 0471 2339899
Fax : 04712338500
 


 

 

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