Agriculture department to issue Soil Health Cards in district Strap
Soil Health Cards would be valid for three years and carry data base of soil health nutrients
July 4 Ensuring better agricultural crop yielding through scientific expertise, the Agriculture Department would issue as many as 68,000 Soil Health Cards (SHCs) to farmers in the district. The soil health cards would be provided under the landmark project of the Agriculture Department for creating Data base of health standards of land under agricultural cultivation in Punjab.
Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said that block level teams have been constituted for issuing 68,000 Soil Health Cards to farmers for net sowing area of 2.42 lakh hectare agricultural land in the district. The DC said that the teams were on the job to collect 26,000 soil samples from the agriculture fields during 2017-18 on the basis of harvesting seasons. “Out of target, nearly 50 percent soil samples have already been sent to the designated labs for testing”, he said.Sharma maintained that based on the results of soil health, farmers would get data regarding soil nutrients including nitrogen, potash, zinc, iron, sulphur etc so that they could remove soil deficiencies. “This would help the farmers in reducing input costs and yield balanced growth of crops resulting in quality production. Farmers would work as per scientific advisory based on soil health conditions”, he added. Meanwhile Chief Agriculture Officer, Jalandhar
Dr. Jugraj Singh said that the samples were being collected each from grid measuring 12.5 acres grid created with the help of GPRS. He further revealed that the result of each grid would be uploaded on the website and soil health card would be distributed to the farmers falling in the grid. He said that the uploaded data would be useful for the farmers during the coming years. “The farmers through website could get information of their grid any time for crops. The card would be valid for three years tenure”, he added.
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