Soil health card helps boost farm income: Study


Use of soil wellness card has aided farmers substantially minimize the cost of output and achieve larger output, thus raising farm profits up to ₹30,000 per acre, depending on the crop, in accordance to a governing administration analyze.

The analyze, conducted by the National Productiveness Council (NPC) in seventy six districts of 19 States, masking 170 soil screening labs and 1,seven hundred farmers, has been unveiled on the completion of 5 many years of the governing administration plan.

Superior efficiency

Soil wellness card supplies facts to farmers on the nutrient status of their soil alongside with recommendation on acceptable dosage of nutrients to be utilized for increasing its wellness and fertility.

“In absence of the soil wellness cards, it was acknowledged by the farmers that adequate quantity of fertilisers and micro-nutrients were being not currently being utilized by them previously and this had influenced the efficiency of crops,” the analyze mentioned.

According to the analyze, cost savings on fertilisers and improve in output led to greater profits of the farmers.

For instance, there was ₹25,000-thirty,000 per acre improve in in occur from tur, around ₹25,000 per acre from sunflower, ₹12,000 per acre from cotton, ₹10,000 per acre from groundnut, ₹4,500 per acre from paddy and ₹3,000 per acre from potato, it mentioned.

Discounts on fertilisers

Application of fertilisers as per the recommendation of soil wellness cards led to cost savings in nitrogen fertilisers such as urea, which resulted in reduction in the cost of cultivation.

In the situation of rice, the cost of cultivation was decreased by 16-twenty five per cent and cost savings of nitrogen was found to be around 20kg/acre. In pulses, there was ten-15 per cent reduction in cultivation cost and cost savings of 10kg/acre urea.

Equally in oilseeds, the reduction was ten-15 per cent and cost savings on nitrogen was 9kg/acre in sunflower, around 23kg/ acre in groundnut and around thirty kg/acre in castor.

Between dollars crops, the reduction in cotton was twenty five per cent and and cost savings on nitrogen fertiliser was around 35 kg/ acre, whilst in potato the preserving on nitrogen fertiliser was 46 kg per acre, the analyze extra.

Higher output

Stating that even handed use of fertilisers also resulted in greater output of crops, the analyze confirmed that there was ten-twenty per cent improve in output of paddy and ten-15 per cent in wheat and jowar.

There was ten-thirty per cent rise in output of pulses, 40 per cent leap in oilseeds and ten-twenty per cent in cotton output, it mentioned.

Under the plan, soil wellness card is issued farmers each individual two many years so as to supply a basis to handle nutritional deficiencies in fertilisation practises. Given that the launch of the plan, the card has been issued 2 times.