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Soil health card Scheme completes 5 years as on 19 February

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare reported that so far 6954 villages have been identified by the States/UTs in which against the target of 26.83 lakh samples, 20.18 lakh samples have been collected, 14.65 lakh samples have been analyzed and 13.54 lakh cards have been distributed to farmers. The Soil health card scheme completes 5 years on 19 February 2019.  Soil health card scheme: Soil health card scheme was launched by PM Modi on 19 February 2015.  The scheme aims to assess the nutrient status of every farm holding in the country. So far, a total of Rs.751.42 crore has been released under the scheme.  The scheme aims to issue soil health cards to farmers every 2 years so as to provide a basis to address nutritional deficiencies in fertilization practices. Soil testing is developed to promote soil test based on nutrient management. The scheme will assist State Governments to issue soil health cards to all farmers in the country.  Soil health will lead to Sustainable Farming. Soil health card provides information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along with recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility.

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