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Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

Issuance of Soil Health Cards

Posted On: 17 MAR 2021 5:19PM by PIB Delhi

Grid based soil testing methodology i.e. 2.5-hectare grid for irrigated areas and 10-hectare grid for rain fed areas was adopted initially (cycle I: 2015-2017 and cycle ll: 2017-2019) to assess the status of 12 soil health parameters viz. primary nutrients (NPK); secondary nutrient (S); micronutrients (B, Zn, Mn, Fe, & Cu); and physical parameters (pH, EC & OC). Farm holding based soil testing was adopted for 6957 model villages (one in each revenue block) during 2019-20. Scientifically sound crop-wise Integrated Nutrient Management recommendations based on General Fertiliser Recommendations(GFR) / Soil Test Crop Response (STCR) are provided to all the farmers in the country through Soil Health Cards to address nutrient deficiencies of the soil.

Soil testing labs are sanctioned as per requirement of state governments proposed in their annual action plan. So far, 11531 new labs (491 static, 107 mobile, 8811 minilabs and 2122 village level labs) and strengthening of 829 labs have been sanctioned to the states.

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha.

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