1.28 lakh farmers to get soil health cards

August 04, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:54 am IST - Thoothukudi:

Soil Health Card Mission, which is aimed at assessing the soil health of landholdings of all farmers, is making a steady progress in the district. Soil health cards will be issued to 1,28,000 farmers in the district, according to Collector M. Ravikumar.

In a statement, he said details such as nature of soil, level of nutrients, salinity, alkalinity, acidity, calcium content, chances of soil health reclamation, potential crops and recommendation on the levels of macro and micro nutrients and biofertilizer would be analysed and printed in the cards.

One sample from 2.5 hectares of irrigated soil and one sample from 10 hectares of rain-fed area would be collected. The collected soil samples would be tested in a lab, and based on the recommendation of the test result, fertilizers could be applied for growing crops.

The soil health card would educate the farmers on the kind of soil they had and the suitable crops. It would avoid excessive use of fertilizers. This facility would be provided to the farmers ahead of the northeast monsoon season, he added.

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