Modi launches ‘Soil Health Card’ scheme

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New Delhi: PM Modi on Thursday launched a scheme for the scientific enhancement of soil from Srinagar to Rajasthan.The scheme aims at helping farmers in improving productivity by appropriate use of nutrients or fertilizers.

Prime Minister called upon States to set up high-powered expert committees on agriculture: also exhorts farmers to take agricultural decisions after getting their soil tested under the ‘Soil Health Card’ scheme.

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that in a 3 year span around every farmer of the country will get soil health card and this financial year around 3 crore farmers will be covered under this project. He said Government initiative is the first step towards making India’s farmers prosperous.

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Rajasthan Agriculture minister Prabhu Lal Saini said that the card would contain all basic information and crop-wise recommendations of nutrients or fertilizers required for farms of different soil types. The card will carry crop-wise recommendation of fertilizers required for farm lands and other inputs to increase the productivity of individual farmer.

The Prime Minister also felicitated progressive farmers with ‘Krishi Karman Award’. Government’s step to issue soil health cards to farmers will ensure that they are aware of the quality of soil and use right fertilisers. Also, the scheme will help in keeping a check on overuse of fertilisers on farm land and will be provided to over 14 crore farmers.