Soil health scheme progressing well despite challenges: Dir Agri Kashmir

Soil health scheme progressing well despite challenges: Dir Agri Kashmir

Dept collects 90,473 soil samples; distributes 6,95,275 soil health cards in 2nd phase

SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrab on Tuesday stated that soil health scheme was progressing well despite various challenges. He was speaking during a brief meeting to take stock of the soil health card scheme in Kashmir division. The soil health card scheme is among the flagship programmes of the government of India.

Andrabi inspected the Soil Testing Laboratory, Lalmandi here and held a meeting with the agriculture chemist, soil chemist and other concerned officers, an official release read.

Director stressed for soil testing of all individual farm fields in a phased manner and also for giving specific recommendations about the use of fertilisers and micro-nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility.

“This will be a step to boost the farmers income by making precise and needful use of chemical fertilisers and nutrients,” a spokesperson quoted Andrabi as saying.

In the second cycle of soil health card scheme, the government of India has fixed a target of collecting 90,012 soil samples, so far under the scheme, 90,473 soil samples were collected while 88,646 samples have been tested so far and 6,95,275 soil health cards have been distributed among the farmers of Kashmir division., the spokesperson said.

Highlighting the importance of the soil health card scheme, the director said that by issuing the soil health cards the farmers will get a well monitored report of the soil which is chosen for cultivation of crops and there will be regular monitoring, said the spokesperson.

“The farmers will be guided by experts to come up with solutions to improve the quality of the soil,” he said.

The soil testing process is carried out in all the districts by experts in soil testing laboratories and also by making use of mobile soil testing vans in the far-flung areas, the release read.