Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

Soil Health Management and Soil Health Card Schemes

Posted On: 19 DEC 2023 5:30PM by PIB Delhi

The Government of India is implementing Soil Health Management & Soil Health Card Schemes under the National Project on Soil Health & Fertility of National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture since the year 2014-15. Soil health card provides information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along with recommendations on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its productivity. So far, 23.58 crore soil health cards have been distributed to farmers. Now, these schemes have been merged as Soil Health & Fertility component of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). The guidelines for implementation of various activities have been issued to the farmers from time to time regarding the health of the soil under the scheme. Based on the recommendations on Soil Health Card (SHC), the trainings & demonstrations are conducted to create the awareness among the farmers for adopting the recommendations on judicious use of chemical fertilizers including secondary and micronutrients in conjunction with organic manures & bio-fertilizers. So far, 93781 farmer’s trainings, 6.45 lakh demonstrations, 7425 farmer’s melas/ campaigns on soil health card recommendations have been organized across the country.

Since, 2014-15, total 8272 Soil Testing Labs (1068 Static Soil Testing Labs, 163 Mobile Soil Testing Labs, 6376 Mini Soil Testing Labs and 665 Village Level Soil Testing Labs) have been established across the country. The State-wise details of Soil Testing Labs established are given below:

State-wise details of Soil Testing Laboratories established in the country under the scheme from the year 2014-15 to 2023-24

Sl. No.

State

Static lab

Mobile lab

Mini lab

Village Level lab

1

Andaman & Nicobar

1

0

0

0

2

Andhra Pradesh

47

13

1328

16

3

Arunachal Pradesh

17

3

0

0

4

Assam

26

0

214

0

5

Bihar

39

9

0

72

6

Chhattisgarh

33

0

111

35

7

Goa

2

0

0

0

8

Gujarat

22

0

230

30

9

Haryana

53

0

104

36

10

Himachal Pradesh

11

7

69

0

11

Jammu & Kashmir

22

12

0

21

12

Jharkhand

29

0

1300

0

13

Karnataka

96

1

6

291

14

Kerala

22

11

0

0

15

Ladakh

2

0

0

1

16

Madhya Pradesh

50

0

626

12

17

Maharashtra

213

31

48

0

18

Manipur

9

3

3

2

19

Meghalaya

5

0

8

0

20

Mizoram

3

3

0

0

21

Nagaland

16

3

0

74

22

Odisha

30

30

0

40

23

Puducherry

3

0

0

0

24

Punjab

24

3

0

0

25

Rajasthan

101

12

0

0

26

Sikkim

3

0

0

14

27

Tamil Nadu

36

16

0

1

28

Telangana

40

4

2050

0

29

Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu

0

0

0

0

30

Tripura

4

2

100

13

31

Uttar Pradesh

75

0

179

6

32

Uttarakhand

13

0

0

1

33

West Bengal

21

0

0

0

Total

1068

163

6376

665

 No financial assistance is provided to States/ Union Territories for hiring of man power, therefore, the data of employees working in Soil Testing Labs are not maintained by Government of India. Total Rs.229.95 crore has been released to States/UTs for Soil Testing Labs under the scheme. Out of this, Rs.83.31 crore has been released to States/UTs for the past five years.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Arjun Munda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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