Track Soil Sample and how to Print Online Soil Health Card

Soil Health Card :

Introduction :

  • Soil Health Card Scheme was launched in 2015 and implemented by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • Soil Health Card Scheme was lauched to issue soil cards to farmers which will carry out crop-wise recommendations for the individual farmers for nutrients and fertilisers requirement.
  • The Phase-I of the scheme i.e, from 2015 – 2017 in between a total of 10.74 crore cards were issued to farmers and in the 2nd  phase i.e, from 2017 – 2019 a total of 11.69 crore Soil Health Cards have been distributed to farmers.
  • In fiscal year 2020, a flagship programee for Development of Model Villages has been launched.
  • Soil health card will be issued to farmers in once in 3 years .
  • Issuance of the soil health cards will let farmers understand the health parameters of soil and improve its productivity.

What is the need of Soil Health Card :

  • The ideal NPK ratio of Indian soil should be 4:2:1 but Indian soil has 6.8:2.7:1 .
  • Worldwide ,India is the third largest producer and as well as consumer of fertilizers.
  • But due to lack of knowledge farmers use excessive urea which effects soil badly.
  • Excessive use of urea leads to soil acidification, impacts crop quality , ground water pollution etc.

Objective of Soil Health Card Scheme :

  • Issue of soil health card for every 3 years.
  • It will diagnose constraints related to fertility of soil.
  • Enhancing nutrient use efficency  by testing soil.
  • Strengthening the functioning of Soil Testing Labs.
  • It will lead to crop diversification .
  • It will help progressive farmers for promotion of nutrient management practices.
  • The objective of soil health card scheme is to provide information related to soil health to about 120 million farm holdings in the country.

Features of Soil Health Card Schemes :

  • Collection of  soil samples of 2.5 hactare in irrigated land area and 10 hactare  in un-irrigated land area .
  • It will indicate the status of soil on based on 12 parameters in 4 categories –

(1) Macro  Nutrients including :

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium

(2) Secondary nutrients –

  • Sulphur

(3) Micro-nutrients :

  • Copper
  • Ferrous
  • Manganese
  • Zinc

(4) Physical parameters :

  • Electrical conductivity.
  • Organic carbon
  • pH (alkalinity of the soil)
  • Dissolved salts in soil.
  • Soil Health Card will also provide recommendation of fertilizer according to soil type.
  • Soil Health Card will use GPS enabled soil sampling .
  • It will help to provide a database which will help in research and improvement of health of soil.

Implementation of Soil Health Card :

  • District wise fertility plans to be prepared by State Governments.
  • Collected sample is to be tested in State sponsored labs.
  • Collection of soil samples twice a year after kharif and rabi crop harvesting .
  • One week training is being provided to soil chemists for soil collection.
  • A amount of Rs.190 per soil sample is given to State Governments. 
  • Results of Soil Health Cards :
  • Results are indicated with colour codes of Soil Health Card given below :
  1. Green indicates Sufficient (General Recommendation Dose -30%)
  2. Yellow indicates Moderate (General Recommendation Dose)
  3. Red indicates deficient (General Recommendation Dose  +30%)
  4. Violet indicates  Acidic/ Sodic /Alkaline

How to Track online Sample of Soil given by Soil Health Card scheme :

  • Visit the site of Soil Health Card as given – https://soilhealth.dac.gov.in/ .
  • Go a little below in site and you will see Farmer’s Corner.
  • From the list given below select the “Track your Sample “.
  • A new page will be opened with “Track your Sample “.
  • Fill all the information required carefully as – State ,District ,Sub District/ Mandal ,Village ,Farmer Name ,Village Grid No. and Sample Number.
  • Enter only last digits of Sample no( For example – for sample MH558125/2015-16/27527 ).
  •  Click on “Search” to get your information.
Track Soil Sample

How to Print your Soil Health Card online :

  • Visit the site of Soil Health Card as given – https://soilhealth.dac.gov.in/ .
  • Go a little below in site and you will see Farmer’s Corner.
  • From the list given below select the “Print your Soil Health Card “.
  • A new page will be opened with “Print your Soil Health Card “.
  • Fill all the information required carefully as – State ,District ,Sub District/ Mandal ,Village ,Farmer Name ,Village Grid No. and Sample Number.
  • Also you can select language by options given in list.
  • A option of “Unit” by which you can select area of your land.
Print Soil Health Card Online

How to Locate soil testing laboratory in your area :

  • Visit the site of Soil Health Card as given – https://soilhealth.dac.gov.in/ .
  • Go a little below in site and you will see Farmer’s Corner.
  • From the list given below select the “Locate soil testing laboratory”.
  • A new page will be opened with “Locate soil testing laboratory”.
  • Select the name of State and District of your choice.
  • Press on “View Report”.
  • A list will be opened with all the Labs name with there address and other informations.
Locating Soil Testing Laboratories
Shivanshu Mehta

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