Soil Health, Soil Conservation and Fertilizers
This topic covers the information related to Soil Health, Soil Conservation and Fertilizers Schemes and Assistance
What to Do?
- Always use appropriate fertilizer in right quantity based on soil test.
- Must use organic manures to maintain the fertility of soil.
- In order to get maximum benefit of the fertilizers, always apply in root zone instead of broadcasting.
- Resort to judicious and efficient use of Phosphatic Fertilizers for proper development of roots/shoots and timely maturity of crops, particularly the legumes which fix atmospheric Nitrogen for enrichment of soil.
- Farmers desirous of adopting Participatory Organic Guarantee System (PGS – India) Certification system may form a group of at least 5 farmers and get it registered with the nearest Regional Council or Regional Centre of Organic Farming.
- Soil Health Card - Under the scheme, Soil Health card will be provided to all farm holdings in the country at an interval of 2 years so as to enable the farmers to apply appropriate recommended dosages of nutrients for crop production and improving soil health and its fertility.
What Can You Get?
|S.No.||Type of Assistance||Criteria for Assistance / Maximum Limit||Scheme / Component|
|1||Distribution of micronutrients and soil ameliorants||Rs.2500/- per hectare.||Soil Health card scheme|
|1a||Supply of gypsum/pyrite/lime/
|50% cost of the material + transportation limited to Rs.750/- per hectare.||National Mission on Oilseeds
and Oil Palm (NMOOP)
|2||Plant protection chemicals||Insecticides, fungicides, bio-pesticides, bio-agents, micronutrients, bio-fertilisers etc., @ 50% of the cost limited to Rs. 500/- per hectare.||NMOOP|
|3||Adoption of organic farming||Rs.10,000/- per hectare||National Horticulture Mission (NHM)/ Horticulture Mission for North-East and Himalayan States (HMNEH) Sub schemes under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)|
|4||Vermi-Compost Unit||Rs.50,000/- per unit (having dimension of 30’ x 8’ x 2.5’ or 600 cft, on prorata basis)||NHM/HMNEH Sub schemes
|5||High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) Vermi Bed||Rs. 8000/- per unit (having dimension of 12’ x 4’ x 2’ or 96 cu ft, on prorata basis)||NHM/HMNEH Sub schemes under MIDH|
|6||Promotion of Integrated Nutrient
|Rs.1200 /- per hectare (upto an area of 4 hectares)||NHM/HMNEH Sub schemes under MIDH|
|7||Supply of gypsum phosphogypsum / bentonite sulphur
||50% of the cost limited to Rs 750/- per hectare||National Food Security Mission (NFSM), BGREI
||50% of the cost limited to Rs. 500/- per hectare||NFSM, BGREI
|9||Lime/liming materials||50% of the cost of the material limited to
|10||Bio-fertilizers (Rhyzobium /PSB)||50% of the cost limited to Rs.300/- per ha.||BGREI /NFSM|
|11||Setting up of new Mobile/Static
Soil Testing Laboratories (MSTL/
|33% of total project cost limited to Rs 25 lakhs /lab for individuals, private agencies through NABARD as capital investment for 10,000 samples/annum analysing capacity.
||National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA)|
|12||Promotion and distribution of
|50% of cost subject to a limit of Rs.500/- per ha. and / or Rs.1000/- per beneficiary.||NMSA|
|13||Setting up of state-of-the-art
liquid/carrier based Biofertilizer /
|25% of cost limited to Rs. 40 lakhs per unit for individuals/private agencies through NABARD as capital investment of 200 TPA production capacity||NMSA|
|14||Setting up of mechanized Fruit/
Vegetable market waste/Agro
waste compost production unit
|33% of cost limited to Rs. 63 lakhs/unit for individuals/private agencies through NABARD as capital investment for 3000 TPA production capacity||NMSA|
|15||Promotion of Organic Inputs on
farmer’s field (Manure, Vermicompost, Bio-Fertilizers, Liquid/ Solid Waste compost, Herbal extracts etc.)
|50% of cost subject to a limit of Rs. 5000/- per ha and Rs.10,000/- per beneficiary.
|16||Adoption of organic farming
through cluster approach under
Participatory Guarantee System
|Rs.20,000/- per ha subject to a maximum of Rs.40,000/- per beneficiary for 3-year term||NMSA|
|17||Support to PGS system for on-line
data management and residue
|Rs.200/- per farmer subject to a maximum of Rs. 5000/- per group/year restricted to Rs.1.00 lakh per Regional Council. Upto Rs.10,000/- per sample for residue testing (Residue analysis to be done in NABL Labs)||NMSA|
|18||Organic Village adoption for
manure management and
biological nitrogen harvesting
|Rs.10 lakhs/village for adoption of integrated manure management, planting of fertilizer trees on bunds and promotion of legume intercropping through groups/SHGs etc. (Maximum 10 villages per annum/state will be supported)||NMSA|
|19||Demonstration on Organic Farming||Rs.20,000/- per demonstration for a group of 50 participants or more||NMSA|
|20||Reclamation of Problem Soil||
Alkaline / Saline Soil - 50% of cost to a limit of Rs.25,000/- per ha. and or Rs. 50,000/- per beneficiary.
Acidic Soil - 50% of cost subject to a limit of Rs.3000/- per ha. and / or Rs.6000/- per beneficiaries
|21||Setting up micro soil testing lab developed by ICAR||
44 % of the cost, limited to Rs 44,000 /lab or individuals/private agencies through NABARD as capital investment for 3000 TPA production capacity
|22||Setting up soil testing project at village level||
40 % of the cost or Rs 4,00,000 /lab whichever is lower
Whom to Contact ?
District Agriculture Officer / District Horticulture Officer / Project Director, ATMA