Soil Health Card Scheme

About the Soil Health Card Scheme

Soil Health Card (SHC) is a Government of India scheme promoted by the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and give the slogan of Prime Minister gave the slogan: “Swasth Dharma, Khet Haraa.” – Healthy Earth, Green Farm. It is being implemented through the Department of Agriculture of all the State and Union Territory Governments.

What is Soil Health Card?

SHC is a printed report that a farmer will be handed over for each of his holdings. It will contain the status of his soil with respect to 12 parameters, namely N, P, K (Macro-nutrients); S (Secondary- nutrient); Zn, Fe, Cu, Mn, Bo (Micronutrients); and pH, EC, OC (Physical parameters). Based on this, the SHC will also indicate fertilizer recommendations and soil amendments required for the farm.

The objective of Soil Health Card Schemes
  • To issue soil health cards every two years to all farmers, so as to provide a basis to address nutrient deficiencies.
  • To diagnose soil fertility-related constraints with standardized procedures.
  • To develop and promote soil test-based nutrient management.
  • Provide financial assistance to farmers to apply corrective measures for deficiencies and popularize balance and integrated nutrient management practices for their cropping systems.
  • Employment generation for rural youth.
  • To provide soil testing facilities to farmers at their doorstep.


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