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Soil Health Card (SHC) for Indian Farmers

Published on: August 11, 2015 | Updated on: August 14, 2015

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In February 2015, the Narendra Modi government had launched the Soil Health Card Scheme. Under this programme, the government plans to issue soil card to farmers to help them get a good harvest by studying the quality of soil. According to the scheme, the objective is to issue the soil cards to about 14 crore farmers spread all over India. The card is a printed report. It will be given to farmers once in three years for his farm or land holding.

What is soil health card?

The soil health card studies and reviews the health of soil or rather we can say a complete evaluation of the quality of soil right from its functional characteristics, to water and nutrients content and other biological properties. It will also contain corrective measures that a farmer should adopt to obtain a better yield.

How does it help the farmers?

  • With the issue of the card, the farmers will get a well-monitored report of the soil which is chosen for cultivation of crops.
  • The monitoring will be done on a regular basis.
  • The farmers will be guided by experts to come up with solutions to improve the quality of the soil.
  • Regular monitoring will help the farmers to get a long-term soil health record and accordingly can study and evaluate the results of different soil management practices.
  • This card can become most helpful and effective when filled out regularly by the same person over a period of time.
  • The idea is not to compare the varied soil types but to find out methods to improve soil fertility, to access the different types of soil and their ability to support crop production in spite of their limitations and as per their abilities.
  • The soil card will help the farmers to get an idea on the crop-wise recommendations of nutrients and fertilizers required in each type of soil. This can help in increasing the crop yield.

The Process

The various soil testing laboratories in the country will carry out the testing of the soil samples, the results of which will be analysed by the experts. The results are related to the strength and weaknesses of the soil. The experts also suggest methods to improve the soil quality. These results and suggestions are displayed in the soil health cards.

How far is the scheme successful?

With the launch of the scheme in February 2015, in the first phase, the target was to cover 84 lakh cards. But till July 2015, 34 lakh cards have been issued. This is a flagship programme for the agricultural sector of the country. Among all the states in India, it is Andhra Pradesh which has taken the lead in distribution of the Soil Health Cards to farmers. Two other states, Tamil Nadu and Punjab have collected the maximum amount of soil samples for testing during the kharif season. However, Tamil Nadu has not distributed the cards yet. Other states which are taking the lead are Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Odisha. Farmers in states like Haryana, Kerala, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have not been issued a single card as against the targets set for them for 2015-16.

Launching of soil health card web portal

In order to make the scheme more successful, the government of India, along with the agriculture department of India, has launched a soil health card agriculture portal. In fact two other agri-portals have been recently launched – Fertiliser Quality Control System and Participatory Guarantee System portal.

What is the soil health card portal?

The farmers need to register at the web portal www.soilhealth.dac.gov.in along with the details of the soil samples and test lab reports. Once registered, the farmer can keep a track of the following in the portal:

Soil Samples Registration

  • Test Results by Soil Testing Labs
  • Fertilizer and Nutrients Recommendations
  • Soil Health Card generation
  • MIS module for monitoring progress

The basic objective behind the launch of the web portal is to create a single national database on soil health which can be used in the future for research and planning both by farmers and soil experts. Right now the portal is in English. Very soon, it will have content in regional languages too.

 

Related Information:

Fertiliser Quality Control System (FQCS) portal
Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)
Nagar Van Udyan Yojana
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana
PM Modi’s Agricultural Reforms Agenda
Major Soil Types
Soil Map of India
Is organic farming a viable option in India?
Causes of rural poverty and Anti poverty schemes in India
The Cotton Cultivation and Export Sector of India : An Overview
What is Kejriwal’s Gajendra Singh Kisan Sahayata Yojana?


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Biswanath Ghosh October 7, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Please arrange my card send my home address – – village – abhirampur, p. O-kanibanka, p. S-dhaniakhali, dist-hooghly, West Bengal, Indian, pin code 712301

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This is really a excellent initiative.

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sanjay ajabrao dhawas September 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

pls send information reagarding soil health card scheme

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Dr. M.B.Pattanashetti April 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm

There is a major Technical flaw in the method of collecting the soil samples. Presently one soil sample for every 10 hectares of area is collected based on the grids. Totally soil is collected from all the 4 corners and 1 from the centerof the grid then mixed and final sample is drawn. But an area of 10 ha. may consist different soil types and also different owners (farmers).Therefore,mixing of different soil samples to get on final sample is not scientifically advisable, will lead to wrong results.

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murarilalgupta March 12, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Pl communicate me the details of the scheme and the nearest centre at village Khanua tehsil Roopbas Dist Bhartpur Rajasthan where I may register and get the soil tested.mlgupta

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Purshottam Agrawal February 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm

I would like to know as how can I get the soil health card in Madhya Pradesh.

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According to my point of view this scheme is beneficial for farmars to getting good yield but the separation of this information to all the leturate farmers is very necessary . so the government need to solve this big problem face by the farmers .

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Pl send the soil health centre in saharanpur u p

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Prachi Sourabha Bhoi January 22, 2016 at 12:10 am

Plz action immediately.

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It makes revolution in terms of Agriculture if processed honestly

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what perception of farmers about soil health card

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How to get thjis soil card ? is there any online registration…

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Thank you very much for the information. We really appreciate the article. But I visited the website but it is giving some errors. Can you help me with that?

Also I would like to know the procedure for registration for getting the soil report. Would appreciate for letting us know the same.

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Very nice writing matter rumani mam

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I am Dilip jana

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