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5352 Soil Health Cards issued under Model Village Programme & UT Plan to farmers of A&N Islands

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      In the absence of scientific analysis of soil, blindfolded applications of fertilizer and growth supporters have been used on the farm lands. This not only results in unwanted expenditure for the farmers but also affects the soil health negatively. To address this problem, the Soil Health Card Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister on 19th of Feb, 2015 and is being implemented by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Agriculture.
    The main objective of this programme is to issue Soil Health Cards, every 3 years to all farmers, so as to provide a basis to address nutrient deficiencies in fertilizer application practices besides it also aims to ensure quality control requirements of fertilizers, bio-fertilizers and organic fertilizers under the Fertilizer (Control) Order (FCO), 1985, including revision of standards and testing protocols keeping in view the advances in research and technology and covering organic inputs under quality control regime and to promote Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) through judicious use of chemical fertilizers, including secondary and micro nutrients, in conjunction with organic manures and bio-fertilizers, for improving soil health and its productivity.
    The Soil Health Card (SHC) contains the status of soil with respect to 12 parameters available i.e. Nitrogen(N), Phosphorous (P) & Potassium (K) (macro-nutrients), Sulphur (secondary- nutrient), Zinc(Zn), Iron(Fe), Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn) & Boron (B) (micro - nutrients)  and pH, Electrical Conductivity (EC) & Organic Carbon(OC) (physical parameters).
     Based on these parameters, fertilizer recommendations and soil amendment required for the cultivable area is also indicated. The requirement of the specific nutrients is brought out with suggestion of suitable fertilizers both in organic and inorganic form. During 2019-20, a total of 5352 Soil Health Cards have been issued under Model Village Programme and UT Plan.
    Farmers have been requested to use organic manures, bio-fertilizers, farm yard manure and decomposed farm wastes for cultivation aspects, to improve soil health and its fertility thereby ensuring adequate availability of nutrients in soils to meet the requirement of plants at critical stages of growth and enhances soil microbial abundance. Timely application of all essential plant nutrients in readily available form, in optimum quantities and in the right proportion suitable for specific soil /crop condition is the prime objective of issuing soil health cards to farmers.
    Farmers have been requested to contact the Assistant Director (Agri)/Assistant Director (Soil) through the concerned Circle In-Charge/Sub Depot In-Charge of their respective areas to get their soil of farming area collected and analyzed in order to obtain the Soil Health Card with proper recommendation periodically, a press release from Directorate of Agriculture said.