Jammu, February 20 | An awareness camp was organized by Department of Agriculture, Jammu at Model Village Sohajana of Zone Mandal to mark the Soil Health Card Day Celebrations here. The Day is observed every year throughout the country on 19th of February as the Soil Health Card Scheme (SHC) was launched on the same day by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi five years back.
Highlighting the importance of Soil Health Card, Agriculture Extension Officer Mandal, Sanjay Dhar said that farmers can know their current soil health status report by having this card as it is prepared by highly technical soil testing laboratories for accurate fertilizer dose recommendations. Other speakers urged that every farmer must have SHC as it aims at promoting the balanced use of fertilizers to enable the farmers to realize higher yields at a lower cost. Farmers have also imparted knowledge about norms and guidelines of various farmers’ welfare schemes on the occasion.
Pertinent to mention here that in Jammu district 18500 soil samples have been analyzed this year so far whereas 4900 soil samples have been analyzed under the Pilot phase for all the essential twelve nutrients. Those present on occasion include Agriculture Extension Officer, Shanker Dass Sharma, Research Assistants STL Jammu, Rohit Gondotra and R.P. Kochhar, besides other officers and field functionaries of the department.
All the participants were suggested to take the pledge on this noble day “to protect our green gold and enrich our Soils by balanced nourishment of nutrients to get self-sufficiency in the agriculture sector.”