Farmersâ€™ Knowledge of Soil Health Card and Constraints in its Use
Keywords:Constraints, Knowledge, Soil Health Card, Scheme
Soil health and fertility is the representative for sustained high crop productivity and profitability of theÂ farmers. Although soil testing is a regular feature of the Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmerâ€™s
Welfare but after the launch of Soil Health Card Scheme, soil testing is taken up on a mission mode. The study was undertaken to study the knowledge of farmers regarding the application of Soil Health Card issued under
Soil Health Card Scheme and constraints faced by them in its use. Findings of the study revealed that majorityÂ of the beneficiaries had knowledge regarding ideal time for the collection of soil sample and collection of soilÂ sample from the place where a heap of FYM is not placed. About 73 per cent of the beneficiaries were having knowledge regarding different macro nutrients displayed on SHC and majority of the respondents had knowledge
regarding judicious use of fertilizers and various soil testing laboratories available for soil testing. Majority ofÂ the beneficiaries had medium level of overall knowledge regarding the application of SHC. Difficulty in operating
internet to access soil health card portal, delay in receiving SHC and lack of mobile soil testing vans were major constraints faced by the farmers in the application of SHC.
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