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Chhattisgarh’s 37 lakh farmers will get soil health cards in five years

RAIPUR: All the 37 lakh farmers of Chhattisgarh will get soil health cards within the next five years. The state Agriculture Department has prepared an action plan for it.

Agriculture minister Brijmohan Agrawal on Wednesday reviewed the progress of the scheme at a meeting of officers concerned held on the Chhattisgarh assembly premises.

Vice Chancellor Dr Patil informed the meeting through a power-point presentation on the soil health card project prepared by Gujarat government. Thereafter, he told about the preparations being made for providing soil health cards to the farmers of Chhattisgarh. He said that a programme has been prepared to give soil health cards to all the farmers of the state within the next five years.

He said, at present about 6.82 lakh farmers of the state had been given soil health cards. Cards will be provided to the remaining 30 lakh farmers, at the rate of 6 lakh cards per year, within the next five years. For that 102 new laboratories have to be established, he added. The cards will have technical and useful information regarding cultivation of the land concerned and details of type of soil and the proper crops to be cultivated in it.

On getting detailed information of the project, the agriculture minister instructed to take services of special advisors for the work. He said that after preparing proposal of the project, it would be sent to central government for sanction. He also instructed to send proposal for establishment of new laboratories to the Centre.

Agrawal instructed to complete the project in coordination with the Revenue department and the Chhattisgarh Infotech and Biotech Promotion Society (CHIPS). Additional chief secretary, Agriculture, Ajay Singh, director agriculture PR Kridutt, director research services, Indira Gandhi Agriculture University Dr JS Urkurkurkar, director, extension services, Indira Gandhi Agriculture University Dr MP Thakur, managing director, Chhattisgarh State Agriculture and Seed Development Corporation, Amrit Khalko, vice chancellor Indira Gandhi Agriculture University KC Paikra and other senior officers of the department were present.