Haryana to issue 3 lakh free soil health cards

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Chandigarh, Apr 23 (UNI) The Haryana Agriculture Department has set a target of issuing at least three lakh soil health cards free of cost to the farmers during the current year.

Agriculture Minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha said to achieve this objective a special soil testing campaign would be conducted throughout the state from April 28 to May 16.

During the campaign as many as 1.5 lakh samples of soil would be collected and soil health cards for these samples would be issued to the farmers, he added.

He said the data of the analysis reports of the soil would be registered in the soil health cards and on the basis of these analysis, the farmers would be advised to use specific fertilisers so as to maintain the fertility of the soil.

During the current five years plan, all the farmers in the State would be provided with such soil health cards, he added.

Giving details of the modus operandi to be adopted during the campaign, Mr Chatha said that samples of the soil would be collected by a two-member team comprising concerned Agriculture Development Officer and Agriculture Inspector.

The selection of date and village for taking samples would be made by the concerned Deputy Director, Agriculture and samples taken from the land belonging to the people of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, minorities and women would be shown separately, he added.

The Minister said that soil health and soil testing awareness camps would also be organised at block level to bring home to the farmers the importance of soil testing in maintaining fertility of the land.

Efforts would be made to keep farmers with the team while taking samples of the soil during the campaign.

Mr Chatha said that the samples collected during the campaign would be analysed on priority basis in soil testing laboratories and on the basis of these analysis, village-wise fertility maps would be prepared in which the details of the micro-nurtients found in the soil would also be shown.

The analysis report would be given to the concerned worker, Sub Divisional Agriculture Officer and the farmers. The entire campaign would be controlled/monitored by the Directorate, he added.

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