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Analytical Services

ARET has an analytical laboratory located at its headquarters at Kandiya Research. This laboratory has modern testing equipment such as UV/VIS spectrophotometer for phosphorus and nicotine analysis. Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) for the analysis of potassium, calcium, magnesium and trace elements, and; pH meters for the determination of pH values in soil, water and leaf samples. With such equipment, the laboratory is capable of providing an excellent service to both research scientists, farmers and other stakeholders. The laboratory also has computerised gas chromatography machines for testing of residues of up to forty pesticides. This facility, which is currently undergoing international accreditation, is mainly used by the tobacco processing companies and tobacco exporters for certifying absence of pesticide residues in their tobacco consignments.

In addition, ARET has a well-equipped plant protection laboratory with facilities for the identification of major pests and diseases of tobacco and other crops. This laboratory provides services for detailed identification of major diseases such as wildfire, alternaria brown spot, fusarium and nematodes.