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Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
14 DEC 2021 6:13PM by PIB Delhi
Testing of Soil Quality

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has suggested 12 parameters as essential for soil health management in India, they are pH, electrical conductivity (EC), Organic Carbon, available N, P, K, S and micronutrients (Zn, Cu, Fe, Mn & B). These parameters are included in soil health card and soil samples are processed following standard procedures and analyzed in static and mobile soil testing labs.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed two digital soil test kits for rapid estimation of all the 12 parameters enlisted in soil health card. The kits facilitate soil testing service at farmers’ doorstep.

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