India’s crop yield increases 5-6% courtesy of soil health cards: Study

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NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India Parshottam Rupala on Tuesday informed that National Productivity Council (NPC) in its study has reported savings of 8-10% of fertilisers and 5-6% increase in crop yield, as a result of fertiliser application as per the recommendations of Soil Health Cards.

Soil Health Card Scheme plays a vital role in enhancing agricultural production in a sustainable manner. The government of India has introduced Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme to assist state governments to provide Soil Health Cards to all farmers across India once 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, which results in enhanced agricultural productivity.