9 Crore Soil Health Cards issued to boost farm produce
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 04-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 4: With aim to doubling the income of farmers, so far 9 crore soil health cards have been distributed to farmers in all the States of the country. Also 455 markets from 13 States have been integrated to the national web based portal of e-NAM with the registration of over 47 lakh farmers and 91,000 traders.

According to Ministry of Agriculture, The progressive agri-market reforms being driven by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare and NITI Aayog incorporated in the new model Agriculture Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2017 will also be discussed to encourage the States to adopt the suggested provisions at the earliest to bring in the benefits for the farmers.

This innovative market process is revolutionizing agri markets by ensuring better price discovery, bringing in transparency and competition to enable farmers to get improved remuneration for their produce moving towards “One Nation One Market”, statement said.

The Soil Health Card scheme is helping the farmers to know the nutrition status of their land and receiving advisory for rationalization of inputs, thereby reducing costs and increasing returns through appropriate cropping patterns.

Ministry farther inform that the Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh will be reviewing the progress of two priority programs of the Government namely National Agricultural Market (e-NAM) and Soil Health Card with 13 State Ministers on Wednesday.

The review meeting will enable Central and State Governments to jointly address issues to take these programs forward thereby contributing to enhancing farmer’s income the prime objective of all the programs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.