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Progress of Soil Health Card

Progress of Soil Health Card

The Government has introduced Soil Health Card Scheme in all States/UTs with an aim to assist all State Governments to evaluate fertility in all farm holdings across the country and issue soil health cards to farmers regularly in a cycle of 2 years.  Soil Health Cards provide information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along with recommendations on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility.Against the target of 2.53 crore soil samples, the States have collected 2.71 crore samples and tested 2.05 crore samples to print about 11 crore soil health cards.  As on 14.03.2017, 5.66 crore cards have been distributed to farmers. State-wise details are given below. A study conducted by National Productivity Council (NPC) in 2016 has shown that 84% of farmers have expressed that they have applied the nutrients recommendations suggested in soil health card that have proven to be beneficial to them in reducing the cost of cultivation and improving productivity of crops.

State-wise number of soil samples collected, analysed and number of soil health cards issued to farmers.

Sl.No. State Total soil samples target for 2015-16 & 2016-17 Soil samples Total soil health card target for 2015-16 & 2016-17 Soil Health Card issued
Collected Tested
I. SOUTH ZONE          
1 Andhra Pradesh 1348382 1491304 1374653 7455204 4355143
2 Karnataka 1665765 1675090 1484491 9210012 3553732
3 Kerala 127585 219922 155843 705420 199272
4 Tamil Nadu 1274536 1269784 1262281 7046911 5537237
5 Telangana 1034678 1023188 975680 5720737 2807095
II. WEST ZONE          
6 Gujarat 1589236 3334235 3050832 8786883 2414631
7 Madhya Pradesh 2313977 2315843 1825478 12793976 4387336
8 Maharashtra 2347121 2614912 2424000 12977232 10105000
9 Rajasthan 2308013 2343000 1217000 12761005 3210000
10 Chhattisgarh 703691 776174 730573 3890709 3516045
11 Goa 25000 25000 25000 25000 20372
III. NORTH ZONE          
12 Haryana 788670 788670 788670 4360555 448260
13 Punjab 835526 534820 295779 4619621 635277
14 Uttarakhand 135738 128342 119318 750494 567178
15 Uttar Pradesh 4770399 4846592 2370896 26391089 7258903
16 Himachal Pradesh 69635 91947 89897 385011 456606
17 J & K 165318 100142 65160 914044 127633
IV. EAST ZONE          
18 Bihar 1308778 1394248 828436 7236233 2866557
19 Jharkhand 115302 115302 91506 637507 180968
20 Odisha 668635 651607 546791 3696881 1617978
21 West Bengal 1300349 1080000 669000 7189629 2024000
V. NE ZONE          
22 Arunachal Pradesh 20532 20262 19001 113523 9670
23 Assam 278707 181041 51119 1540968 139150
24 Manipur 20713 9719 6380 114522 5351
25 Meghalaya 39372 37958 34372 209561 47213
26 Mizoram 11986 12412 9216 11986 8216
27 Nagaland 33423 24995 20675 184797 17700
28 Sikkim 13217 13217 13217 46000 27000
29 Tripura 32736 33000 33000 180998 78334
VI. Union Territories          
30 Andaman & Nicobar 1405 2176 2176 7799 1918
31 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 2162 0 0 12000 0
32 Puducherry 3530 4736 4736 19594 1261
33 Chandigarh 277 544 0 277 0
Total 25354394 27160182 20585176 139996178 56625036

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Parshottam Rupala, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha

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