Agriculture

Agriculture Ministry launches 3 portals

The Agriculture Ministry has launched three agri-portals — Soil Health Card portal, Fertiliser Quality Control System portal and Participatory Guarantee System. The objective is to make the process of organic farming certification, fertilisers’ quality checking and issuance of soil health cards, more transparent and accountable. These portals, launched only in English, will be made available in regional languages also in the next phase.

Soil Health Card portal has been developed for registration of soil samples, recording test results of soil samples and generation of Soil Health Card (SHC) along with fertiliser recommendations. This is a single, generic, uniform, and web-based software accessed at www.soilhealth.dac.gov.in .

Fertilizer Quality Control System (FQCS) is a web-based and configurable workflow application developed by NIC for processing of sample collection, testing and generation of analysis reports. The application can be accessed at http://www.fqcs.dac.gov.in.

Participatory Guarantee System is a process of certifying organic products, which ensures agriculture production process in accordance with the standards laid down for organic products and that desired quality has been maintained. This is exhibited in the form of documented logo or a statement. In order to promote domestic organic market growth and also to enable small and marginal farmer to have easy access to organic certification, a decentralised organic farming certification system called Participatory Guarantee System –India (PGS-India) is implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. It is cost-effective, farmer-friendly and hassle-free. It is outside the framework of third party system of certification, which is a pre-requisite to enter export market of organic produce.

It is a quality assurance initiative that is locally relevant with active participation of stakeholders, including producers/farmers, traders and consumers in certification system. This group certification system is supported by Paramaparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) scheme. It, in a way, supports domestic demand for organic produce and trains farmers in document management and adherence to other requirements of certification process and prepares him to opt for third party certification if he wishes to go for export. For online operation of this certification system, a web portal :http://www.pgsindia-ncof.gov.in has been created.

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