The National Soil Services Center (NSSC) is located at Semtokha 6.7 km west of Thimphu on the road to Paro under Semtokha Dzong and across the river (Ola Rong Chhu) from the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) as displayed below. The Centre lies at about 270 26′ N and 890 40′ E at an height of just over 2,300 masl and comprises a series of alluvial terraces with northerly aspect to the Ola Rong Chhu. Most of the The National Soil Services Center site is about 40m above the Ola Rong Chhu. The soils of the portico are generally gravel free, well drained sandy clay loam to clay loam sometimes with some staining from iron or manganese evident.
The Centre was created in the 8th 5 Year Plan Time and reports directly to the Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture-(MoA). The aim of the Centre is to co-ordinate soil/land management research activities of the RNR sector. There are 4 units/sections. viz Soil and Plant Analytical Laboratory (SPAL), Soil Survey Unit (SSU), Soil Microbiology Unit (SMU) and Soil Fertility Unit. (SFU). The descriptions of each section are provided below. In addition, there are 2 projects in NSSC viz. WB/GEF Project (Sustainable Land Management Project) and (UNDP/GEF) Project (Building capacity and mainstreaming sustainable land management in Bhutan).
- AddressNational Soil Services Centre, DoA, Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, P O Box 907, Simtokha (Thimpu), Bhutan
- Category Govt. Office
- Location Thimphu
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