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Soil health card has increased the income of farmers : Chowdhar

The Government today said that by doing farming on the basis of Soil Health Card, the cost of farmers has come down and production has increased by more than a quarter.

In a supplementary reply to the question regarding the use of pesticides during the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kailash Choudhary said that about 15 crore soil health cards have been issued in the country and a database of farmers has been prepared from it. Along with this, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has conducted a study by spending Rs 1326 crore.

Giving information about the study, he said that if a farmer cultivates on the basis of soil health card, then he gets 15 to 20 percent reduction in the use of fertilizers. With this, there is an increase in production by 25 to 30 percent. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to doubling the income of the farmers and these steps have definitely increased the income of the farmers.

Chowdhary said that farmers have been informed about the utility of soil health cards by organizing about seven thousand fairs in the country. In addition to Krishi Vigyan Kendras and ICAR centers, soil health cards are issued in soil laboratories in many villages.

On a question regarding help from National Disaster Relief Fund to farmers in Maharashtra, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that through NDRF, the loss in addition to the yield is compensated because the loss of the produce is compensated by the Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance. carried out under the scheme. The damage is assessed by an inter-ministerial group.