Punjab govt to issue soil health cards to farmers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 12, 2015 20:07 IST

The Punjab agricultural department on Tuesday launched a programme to monitor the soil health of every farm in the state by issuing farmers personalised soil health card.

The initiative is keeping in view the overexploitation of soil during the past 20 years. Punjab agriculture minister Tota Singh, who announced the measure here, said every district had been given its mobile laboratory to collect soil samples from every farm and issue farmers soil health card linked with the department's central server.

He said constant monitoring of the health profile of the state's farms was required to soften the side effects of Green Revolution. "It was now necessary to educate farmers about the right quantity of fertilisers that will prevent farm soil from becoming arid," he added.

The minister said he would monitor the project personally; and after micro and macro profiling of the soil structure, the state government would come out with a customized cropping and agricultural diversification plan for every area based on soil specification.

The agriculture department would teach farmers about the soil-crop compatibility and coordinate with the soil conservation department to make the campaign a success.

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