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Soil Health Card Scheme

DELHI, NOVEMBER 30: National Productivity Council (NPC) carried out a study on ‘Soil Testing Infrastructure for Faster Delivery of Soil Health Card in India’ in 2017.  In the study it was found that application of fertilizer and micronutrients based on Soil Health Card (SHC) recommendations resulted in 8-10% of savings and overall increase in the yield of crops to the tune of 5-6% reported by adopting the SHC recommendations.         

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         National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad conducted an impact study of Soil Health Card (SHC) scheme (November 2017).  The major findings were that there is some reduction in fertilizer use, especially Nitrogen and increase in bio-fertilizers and other micro-nutrients use.  Overall, paddy farmers reduced use of urea by 9%, Di Ammonium Phosphate (DAP)/ Single Super Phosphate (SSP) by 7%, but increased use of Potassium by 20%.   This is a healthy sign of moving towards balanced use of fertilizers.          

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         The States have not reported any challenges faced by them while implementing the scheme.

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         Soil Health Card Scheme has been implemented in all parts of the country including Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.  The State/Union Territory (UT)-wise details of total number of farm holdings and number of Soil Health Cards issued in given at Annexure.

States/UTs-wise details of total number of farm holdings and number of Soil Health Cards issued

Sl. No.States/UTsTotal No. of farm holdingSoil Health Cards issued
Cycle-I (2015-17)Cycle-II (2017-19)Model Village Programme (2019-20)
1Andaman & Nicobar119541000095401007
2Andhra Pradesh852391074552046967162226487
3Arunachal Pradesh1132532053222128225
4Assam27417111300901130090166218
5Bihar1641289364696506277942123866
6Chhattisgarh40107723890709474667059302
7Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu230882222129940
8Goa7456325000167432938
9Gujarat53206265108923869494263591
10Haryana16280154227238414390025235
11Himachal Pradesh99680938501196076519671
12J & K1416509692062101805170246
13Jharkhand280294663750764182858572
14Karnataka86807397832189783218965034
15Kerala7583496763435220971780045
16Madhya Pradesh1000313588723778907385127585
17Maharashtra152854391314600013053000201837
18Manipur15048411452211452210010
19Meghalaya2323972095612468793243
20Mizoram8977411986164582119
21Nagaland1965321847971200027304
22Odisha486585023742332053734162405
23Puducherry3384019594120892508
24Punjab10927131251726116056817793
25Rajasthan765461668860001186069986341
26Sikkim7153246000660002936
27Tamil Nadu79379476767000701665458317
28Telangana594773557207374842509110664
29Tripura57319411772311772315602
30Uttar Pradesh238216251701457320354551255517
31Uttarakhand88130575049488279713645
32West Bengal7242732504051042000004520
Total1464221341073484161197730401964783

Source: Total No. of farm holdings-Agriculture Census 2015-16

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha today.

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