INDIA - Soil Health card will not only contain details of soil fertility but will also provide fertilizer recommendation, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh said recently.
Speaking on the occasion of launching of Soil Health Card Scheme and presentation of Krishi Karman Awards by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singh mentioned that the card will be renewed at 3 year interval.
In absence of knowledge about soil health and adequate fertilizer recommendations, farmers often adopt excessive use of nitrogen which not only deteriorates the quality of agricultural products but also enhances nitrate content in ground water and creates several environmental problems. Hence farmers must have correct information about the health of their soil, Singh stressed.
In order to ensure soil test based fertilizer use by the farmers, Prime Minister has decided to make available Soil Health Card to each farmer, therefore, government is launching today a new centrally sponsored Soil health Card Scheme.
Singh mentioned that this year Krishi Karman Award for excellent agriculture production is given to 9 States and Appreciation Certificate to 5 Sates.
Besides, 18 farmers of 9 States who have contributed to foodgrain and oil seed production are being awarded in view of the significance of Krishi Karman Award. Governor of Rajasthan, Kalyan Singh, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje and Chief Minister of Punjab, Prakash Singh Badal was also present at the event.