INDIA - To provide 140 million farmers with soil health cards, Indian agriculture ministry has set aside $93 million in the next three years.
Speaking at the 7th Agricultural Summit organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh said: “To expand water and land resources for agriculture in the country, over 14 crore farmers will be having their own soil health cards in the next three years."
Singh urged students and scientist faternity from agriculture to create awareness among farmers of atleast one village of their hometown about various initiatives in agriculture and mentioned that there are approximately 20,000 scientist and 50,000 students from agriculture, who are graduate or PhD’s of agriculture.
Underlined the importance of fundamentals of agricultural growth for the development of country, Singh mentioned improved soil health, high productive seeds, and modern agriculture practices, effective irrigation facilities, water to every agricultural land, apt marketing facility for agricultural produce are essential points for development of agriculture as a whole.
Soil Health Card (SHC) provided to farmers will be a tool to identify the nutritional requirement of the soil and apt laboratory analysis for increasing the agriculture production and productivity, Singh stressed.
Rana Kapoor, md & ceo of YES BANK, president, ASSOCHAM said: “Despite satisfactory production levels achieved in the last few years, the agriculture sector faces several challenges in further enhancing yield levels, reducing wastages, developing infrastructure and efficiently managing the agri value chain.
"These can be addressed through appropriate and sustainable practices and technologies, rationalized subsidy regime, enabling policy initiatives, innovative organizational structures, adequate infrastructure development and farm-focused R&D, thereby ensuring overall food and nutritional security for the nation.”
This year, the government and the agriculture sector have faced many challenges like rainfall which was almost 13 per cent less this time and many more, Singh revealed.