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Friday 17 March 2017Press Information Bureau

The Soil Health Card scheme was announced by the Finance Minister during his maiden budget speech.

Progress of Soil Health Card

The Government has introduced Soil Health Card Scheme in all States/UTs with an aim to assist all State Governments to evaluate fertility in all farm holdings across the country and issue soil health cards to farmers regularly in a cycle of 2 years. Soil Health Cards provide 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 fertility.

Against the target of 2.53 crore soil samples, the States have collected 2.71 crore samples and tested 2.05 crore samples to print about 11 crore soil health cards. As on 14.03.2017, 5.66 crore cards have been distributed to farmers.

A study conducted by National Productivity Council (NPC) in 2016 has shown that 84% of farmers have expressed that they have applied the nutrients recommendations suggested in soil health card that have proven to be beneficial to them in reducing the cost of cultivation and improving productivity of crops.

State-wise number of soil samples collected, analysed and number of soil health cards issued to farmers.

State

Total soil samples target for 2015-16 & 2016-17

Soil samples

Total soil health card target for 2015-16 & 2016-17

Soil Health Card issued

Collected

Tested

SOUTH ZONE

 

 

 

 

 

Andhra Pradesh

1348382

1491304

1374653

7455204

4355143

Karnataka

1665765

1675090

1484491

9210012

3553732

Kerala

127585

219922

155843

705420

199272

Tamil Nadu

1274536

1269784

1262281

7046911

5537237

Telangana

1034678

1023188

975680

5720737

2807095

WEST ZONE

 

 

 

 

 

Gujarat

1589236

3334235

3050832

8786883

2414631

Madhya Pradesh

2313977

2315843

1825478

12793976

4387336

Maharashtra

2347121

2614912

2424000

12977232

10105000

Rajasthan

2308013

2343000

1217000

12761005

3210000

Chhattisgarh

703691

776174

730573

3890709

3516045

Goa

25000

25000

25000

25000

20372

NORTH ZONE

 

 

 

 

 

Haryana

788670

788670

788670

4360555

448260

Punjab

835526

534820

295779

4619621

635277

Uttarakhand

135738

128342

119318

750494

567178

Uttar Pradesh

4770399

4846592

2370896

26391089

7258903

Himachal Pradesh

69635

91947

89897

385011

456606

J & K

165318

100142

65160

914044

127633

EAST ZONE

 

 

 

 

 

Bihar

1308778

1394248

828436

7236233

2866557

Jharkhand

115302

115302

91506

637507

180968

Odisha

668635

651607

546791

3696881

1617978

West Bengal

1300349

1080000

669000

7189629

2024000

NE ZONE

 

 

 

 

 

Arunachal Pradesh

20532

20262

19001

113523

9670

Assam

278707

181041

51119

1540968

139150

Manipur

20713

9719

6380

114522

5351

Meghalaya

39372

37958

34372

209561

47213

Mizoram

11986

12412

9216

11986

8216

Nagaland

33423

24995

20675

184797

17700

Sikkim

13217

13217

13217

46000

27000

Tripura

32736

33000

33000

180998

78334

Union Territories

 

 

 

 

 

Andaman & Nicobar

1405

2176

2176

7799

1918

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

2162

0

0

12000

0

Puducherry

3530

4736

4736

19594

1261

Chandigarh

277

544

0

277

0

Total

25354394

27160182

20585176

139996178

56625036

There are 1414 Soil Testing Labs available with an analyzing annual capacity of 195.27 lakh samples in the country. State / UT-wise detail is given below. For further augmentation of these soil testing labs, setting up of 460 new soil testing labs (380 static + 80 mobile) have been sanctioned under Soil Health Management Scheme during 2014-15 to 2016-17 (as on 16.11.2016). Apart from this 2296 mini soil testing labs are also sanctioned under the scheme during 2016-17.

The Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme aims to provide soil health cards to all farm holdings across the country once in a cycle of two years. Uniform norms of 10 hectares for rainfed areas and 2.5 hectare for irrigated areas constitute the grid for soil sample collection. Uniform norms of testing 12 parameters is followed namely major nutrients (N, P, K), secondary nutrients (S), micro-nutrients (Fe, Zn, Cu, Mn & B) and others (pH, EC & OC). The State Government through its Department of Agriculture is nodal agency to issue soil health card to farmers.

So far against the target of 14 crore cards distribution, 6 crore cards have been distributed and remaining cards are under printing. Adequate funds have been released to all States, funds amounting to Rs 23.89 crore, Rs 96.44 crore and Rs 126.47 crore have been released during 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively under the scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Parshottam Rupala, in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on the 17th of March, 2017.

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