SOIL HEALTH CARD SCHEME
Today, India is on the verge to improve the agricultural productivity while improving the soil quality and crop quality in a sustainable way. In the wake of this, the government launched soil health cards (SHC) programme.
Objectives of the SHC programme:
- Aimed at improving soil health while reducing input costs for farmers.
- Disbursement of the cards against the target of 84 lakh.
- To create a single National Database on soil health for the future use of research and planning.
- SHC is the printed report, on crucial information about macro and micronutrients and physical parameters, given to the farmers once in three years.
- SHC is accompanied by an advisory which provides details to farmers on improving soil health and productivity.
- SHC portal registers the collection of soil samples along with testing in approved labs, and also provides an assessment to farmers about the use of major fertilizers, micronutrients needed by the soil and information related to different crops.
- The North-Eastern States of India with Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, and Uttarakhand haven't been performing well.
- Disbursement of cards to farmers is shown as maximum in Andhra Pradesh followed by U.P. and Punjab.
- Complimentary assistance needs to be provided with the card.
- Grievance redressal cell is also needed to know the problems and immediate corrective action.
As farmers will get to know the nutrients which are lacking for a balanced soil, through the card, for their better qualitative productivity of the crop, the card will prove to be boon for the farmers and for the Nation too.