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Soil Health Card Scheme

Soil Health Card Scheme 

The Soil Health Card scheme launched by the govt in the financial year 2014-15 with a view to address the decline of soil nutrients, has started reaping fruit.

Under Phase-I (Years 2015 to 2017), 10.74 crore cards were distributed, while under the Phase-II, 11.69 crore cards have been give away during the period 2017-19.

It has also led to a decline of 8-10% in use of chemical fertilizers and also raised productivity by 5-6%.

Soil Health Card Scheme:

Soil Health Card Scheme is a scheme launched by the Government of India in 19 February 2015.

The scheme aims at promoting soil test based and balanced use of fertilisers to enable farmers to realise higher yields at lower cost and also the main objective is to aware growers about the appropriate amount of nutrients for the concerned crop depending on the quality of soil.

Under the scheme, the government plans to issue soil cards to farmers which will carry crop-wise recommendations of nutrients and fertilisers required for the individual farms to help farmers to improve productivity through judicious use of inputs.

All soil samples are to be tested in various soil testing labs across the country.

Thereafter the experts will analyse the strength and weaknesses (micro-nutrients deficiency) of the soil and suggest measures to deal with it.

The result and suggestion will be displayed in the cards. The government plans to issue the cards to 14 crore farmers

Launched: 19 February, 2015

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