Agriculture is one of the most crucial and high prioritized component of societies life. Farmers produces fibre and grain on which human life is completely rely upon. Here soil comes into the picture. Soil is the upper surface of the earth where plants grows. Hence soil is the crucial part of successful agriculture as soil is the original source of the nutrients which are essential to grow the crops. Soil is important factor while farming as nutrients move from soil to plants which we eat. Similarly, soul is the source of nutrients for the food of animals like cow from where we’re receiving the healthy milk.
What is Soil Health Card Scheme?
This scheme is proposed for the farmers who are into the agriculture, under this scheme, the state will provide funding in order to strengthen the soil by setting a lab and analysing the soil samples. These labs will conduct the test of the soil and they will distribute Soil Health Card to the farmer.
Who are Eligible for Soil Health Card?
The Soil Health Card (SHC) is to be given to all farmers in the country. This card is renewed after every three years. This three months’ time period will enable farmers to apply appropriate recommended dosage of nutrients for crop production and to improve the soil health for better fertility.
Budget Allocation for Soil Health Card Scheme:
Healthiest soul produces the most food. Considering the importance of soul Government of India proposed, “Soil Health Card Scheme: SHC”. This scheme was approved for implementation during XII plan by allocating the 568.54 crores.
For the successful execution of this scheme, 23.56 crores were disbursed to state government during 2014-2015. This funding is specifically allocated for making the initial preparation including the awareness campaigns, setting up labs etc. During the 2015-2016 Government of India enhances the funding by 96.46 crores for Soil Health Card Scheme.
Execution of the Soil Health Card Scheme:
Recommendation are given to the farmers based upon the soil sampling and after conducting the soil tests. Followed to test uniform norms are prescribed for sampling.
- Irrigated areas samples will be extracted in a grid of 2.5 hectors.
- Rain Fed Areas sampling will be done in a 10-hector grid.
On an average, 253 lakhs samples will be tested to generate the 14 crores Soil Health Cards aimed in three years of period. After collection of the soil samples, testing will be done for 14 different parameters these are:
- Electrical Conductivity
- Organic Carbon
- Potash Sulphur
Considering all above parameters Soil Health Card and its level in the soil recommendations are made for the further improvements of the soil.
How to check online for “Soil Health Card”?
- You can visit to https://soilhealth.dac.gov.in/ where you will get the all information regarding the Soil Health Card
- You can print your Soil Health Card online from the site: https://soilhealth.dac.gov.in/HealthCard/HealthCard/state
Upon hitting the url to fetch Soil Health Card it will ask for state, district, sub-district, village, farmer name, village grid no, sample number etc.
Upon filling all required information hit on search button and now you are ready to print your Soil Health Card. Below is one sample card:
First table will show the result of the farmer details, Second table will give the details about Soil Test Results, and third table will generate the result.
Third column will share the essential nutrient recommendations as well as the crop recommendations which will be suitable for your soil. By availing the benefit of Soil Health Card you can raise more money by enhancing the crop production.