Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 10
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said his government would start soil testing on 25 lakh acres this fiscal.
“Soil health cards should be issued to farmers after checking every acre of agricultural land so that farmers avoid unnecessary use of fertilisers and add nutrients to the land, as required,” he said while presiding over a review meeting of the soil health card scheme here yesterday.
Khattar directed official to complete the work of soil testing on 75 lakh acres of land in the state in three years.
“In the soil health card, information related to nutrients present in the soil would be mentioned in detail. This will include information regarding land fertility, nitrogen, organic carbon, zinc and phosphorus,” he said.
The Chief Minister added, “Under the scheme, students of college and senior secondary schools will collect samples and test them in the lab. By doing so, they will learn as well as earn.”
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