As I have share detail explanation of Soil Health Card Scheme and its process. Today I want to share benefits of soil health card scheme for every farmer. This scheme is launched by Prime Minister Mr. Modi on February 2015.
Let’s talk about benefits of Soil health card scheme
- Soil Health Card Scheme has been supported and accepted by the farmers all over the country as it is informative for the kind of soil and crops grown in different regions.
- Farmers from various states like Haryana, Maharashtra and Gujarat are benefited by this scheme as they can decide the suitability of the land for the crops and fertilizers.
- The Soil Health Cards tops the important components of a particular patch of land according to the detailed and thorough analysis. Various information like the presence of minerals on the land, suitable crops, fertilizers to be used as well as information about the land being acidic or alkaline can also be gathered.
- These cards that are allotted on the principle of the ration card, give perpetual recognition and position to the farmers which is derived after examining the samples of soil collected from land by the farmers themselves.
- An analysis of the water content, presence of elements such as potassium, nitrogen, phosphorous, iron and zinc, as well as pH and salinity levels and moreover clay content along with water retention is done by the scientists. With the help and assistance of the details and advice, this type of soil is then entrusted to the farmers to help them as a guiding tool at the time of sowing.
- The agricultural productivity and the quality of the crop have been increased considerably due to the Soil Health Card Scheme since its inception in November 2003. Whereas, in Maharashtra, the card came into existence in September 2003, wherein, only some of the selected villages were allotted cards for 5 years and were renewed every five years as features of the land change.
- As per the statement of our agricultural minister, the farmers have knowledge about the growth of a new crop, as prior to this scheme; they were ignorant about it and thus would land up in damaging the land’s fertility and wastage of fertilizer.
- For many years soil-testing facilities have been offered to the farmers. Because of their ignorance, the farmers used lots of urea which was actually harmful. According to the scheme’s technical officer, Mr.B.R.Chopde, the farmers are provided with the information about the exact type and quantity of manure to be used as well as the crops for the land having above 60% clay content.
- This new scheme has been a boon for the farmers as they have been provided with the vast knowledge about the type of soil and its utility. To put up in the words of a group of farmers in Kaldongri village, Nagpur Tehsil, Maharashtra, – “For so long our wisdom was only our guide when it came to using manure and pesticides. We had no idea what the soil needed or didn’t need, so we often ended up using wrong recipes”.
All in all, this scheme has put a smile on the farmers for which they will remain indebted.