‘Soil health card’

  • Category
    Environment
  • Published
    13th Aug, 2019

Evaluation of Soil Health Card Scheme has revealed significant reduction in usage of area in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra.

Context

Evaluation of Soil Health Card Scheme has revealed significant reduction in usage of area in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra.

Soil Health Card Scheme

  • Soil Health Card Scheme was launched in 2015 to issue ‘Soil card’ to farmers which will carry crop-wise recommendations of nutrients and fertilizers required for the individual farms.
  • This is aimed to help farmers to improve productivity through judicious use of inputs.
  • It is promoted by the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare.
  • It is being implemented through the Department of Agriculture of all the State and Union Territory Governments
  • It is made available once in a cycle of 3 years, which indicates the status of soil health of a farmer’s holding for that particular period.

The unique features of SHC scheme are:-

  • Collecting soil samples at a grid of 2.5 ha in irrigated area and 10 ha in un-irrigated areas.
  • GPS enabled soil sampling to create a systematic database and allow monitoring of changes in the soil health over the years.
  • Uniform approach in soil testing adopted for 12 parameters viz. primary nutrients (NPK); secondary nutrient (S); micronutrients (B,Zn, Mn, Fe & Cu); and other (pH, EC & OC) for comprehensiveness.
  • It also provides crop wise fertiliser recommendations.
  • It would also lead to crop diversification in the country.

Government interventions to promote Soil Health Card

  • Extension activities like farmers training, demonstration on farmer’s field, farmer’s mela/camps, promotion of micronutrients and workshops are organized by State Governments.
  • To enable quick soil sample testing and distribution of soil health cards, the soil test infrastructure has been upgraded and soil testing labs have been sanctioned to States.
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