Soil Health Card Scheme

  • It was launched in 2015 in Rajasthan.
    • The card informs farmers about nutrients status of the soils along with the recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to improve soil health and fertility.
  • The card will be issued once in every 3 years to a farm so that nutrients deficiency can be regularly detected and improved.
    • The aim is to provide Soil Health Card to all 120 million farm holdings by Dec, 2017.
    • In the first phase of the scheme (2015-17), 100 million SHC have been distributed.
    • The second phase began on May 1, 2017, and will continue for the year 2017 to 2019.
    • Recently, the government has updated the funding pattern for soil health card scheme implemented by Ministry of Agriculture under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture;
  • Accordingly, the fund sharing pattern would be 90:10 for North Eastern and Himalayan States and 60:40 for other states and 100% borne by central government in UTs.

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