Indian Farmers to Get Soil Health Card15 July 2014
INDIA - India will soon provide soil health card to all its farmers in the coming years that will make possible for farmers to improve productivity by wisely using inputs.
Announcing the scheme, Indian finance minister, Arun Jaitley while presenting his maiden budget 2014-15 said, deteriorating soil health has been a cause of concern and leads to sub optimal utilisation of farming resources.
The card will carry crop-wise recommendations of nutrients/fertilizers required for farms.
The minister said, government will initiate a scheme to provide to every farmer a soil health card in a mission mode and has set aside $17 million for this purpose.
Apart from this, government will also set up 100 mobile soil testing laboratories across the country for which $9.36 million has been allocated, the minister adds.
There have also been growing concerns about the imbalance in the utilisation of different types of fertilizers resulting in deterioration of the soil, the minister stressed.
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